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, which is a good size for this fossil type. The fossil consists of a a stem section with very long attachment cirri coming from it, all preserved in exquisite detail. It is preserved in calcite with no pyrite and has been coated in a thin reversible (soluble) lacquer for protection. These crinoids are not often offered for sale with this level of detail. It was found in multiple pieces and put back together and has been backed with a rock-coloured painted plaster to stabilise it, as is common with these fossils.
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.