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 31mm (1.25 inches) across, which is small for this fossil type, and consists of a crinoid stem covered in cirri (tentacle-like features that the animal used to attach to things in life). It has an extremely high level of detail down to the smallest parts and is preserved in 3D. This is a very fine example of this fossil type. It is preserved in calcite and has been coated in a reversible (soluble) lacquer for protection.
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.