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 71 mm (2.8 inches) across, which is a good size for this fossil type. The fossil consists of a partial head preserved with incredible detail. It is beautifully preserved with immaculate detail in the arms and pinnules that are still in their three-dimensional relief. It is preserved in calcite with a layer of iron pyrite on the surface giving it a nice golden sheen. These crinoid heads in this condition are rare and not often offered for sale. This one is as good as it gets for its size.
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.