Palaeocoma Brittlestar Fossil
Phylum Echinodermata; Class Ophiuroidea
Time: Early Jurassic Pliensbachian Stage (195 million years ago)
fossil is 108 mm across
Starfish Beds, Eype, Dorset, United Kingdom
A rarely seen member of the Ophiuroidea, or Brittlestars, this
is a fine example of Palaeocoma egertoni. Coming from a classic
UK location, this is a very detailed example of this rarely-seen
taxon. The very hard sandy limestone is difficult to work, but
the preparator has done an exceptional job freeing this wonderful
specimen from its nearly 200 million year old tomb to afford the
stunning 3-D specimen you see here presented in dorsal aspect.
See my other offerings for another spectacular example.
pictures to enlarge