A stunning and rare example of a crinoid fossil of the species Pentacrinites fossilis from the world-famous Jurassic Coast beach of Charmouth, Dorset UK.
The fossil measures 92 mm (3.6 inches) across, which is a good size for this fossil type. The fossil consists of a nice long stem section with attachment cirri and part of the head of the animal with detailed arms and pinnules exposed. The reverse of the fossil has a partial head with exposed calyx. It is preserved in limestone with a thin layer of pyrite on the surface giving it a nice golden colour and shine. It was found in three pieces and has been repaired back together, as is standard with these fossils. These crinoids are very sought after and not easy to find these days and this was is a great example.
Around 196 million years old (Sinemurian, Early Jurassic), this fossil would make a wonderful addition to any collection.