A stunning example of a crinoid fossil of the species Pentacrinites fossilis from the world-famous Jurassic Coast beach of Charmouth, Dorset UK.
The fossil measures 98 mm (3.85 inches) across. The fossil consists of multiple stem sections with detailed attachment cirri. The level of detail in the cirri on this example is exceptional and about as good as it gets, right down to the micro level. It is preserved in calcite with no pyrite. It has been coated in a thin reversible (soluble) lacquer for protection. This is a very fine example of this fossil type.
Around 196 million years old, this fossil would make a wonderful addition to any collection.
Crinoids are echinoderms closely related to starfish and sea urchins, and have been around for many hundreds of millions of years. They still live today in the deep seas around the world.