A stunning example of a highly pyritised crinoid fossil of the species Pentacrinites fossilis, from the world-famous Jurassic Coast beach of Charmouth, Dorset UK.
The fossil measures 175 mm (6.8 inches) across, which is very large for a crinoid fossil, and contains two large crinoids preserved lying next to one another. The fossil consists of two animals, with one displaying the stem with attachment cirri and head with a complete crown of arms and pinnules. The second is preserved with a complete crown of arms an pinnules but no stem. It has a thin layer of pyrite on the surface which gives the fossil a wonderful golden colour and shine. The reverse side has been coated in a hard plaster to make it strong and stable. Finding a crinoid fossil from this location as well-preserved as this is very hard nowadays, and these beautiful examples don't come up for sale very often. A rare opportunity to own a very sought after and uncommon fossil from this iconic location.
Around 196 million years old, this fossil would make a wonderful addition to any collection.