Elegant Scyphocrinites elegans Silurian Crinoids

Scyphocrinites elegans

Phylum Echinodermata, Class Crinoidea, Family Scyphocrinitidae

Geological Time: Silurian

Size: Crinoids are 8”, 8”, and 4 ½” in length

Fossil Site: Djebel Issoumour, Alnif, Morocco

Scyphocrinites elegans Crinoid FossilsDescription: This is an exceptionally well preserved multiple example of a distinctive Camerate crinoid type. Scyphocrinites have been found in Asia, North America, Europe, and Africa. Instead of being rooted to the ground like most crinoids, Scyphocrinites had a lobolith, which is a floating sphere that kept it afloat in water, hence it was a floating crinoid. Unlike other crinoids, Scyphocrinites hung upside down at the surface. The dark three-dimensional crinoid contrasts beautifully against the muted purple matrix.

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