Detailed Ordovician Brittlestar Fossils

Ophiuroidea indet

Phylum Echinodermata, Class Ophiuroidea

Geological Time: Upper Ordovician

Size: Brittlestar fossils are 40 mm and 50 mm armspan (maximum) on a 110 mm by 90 mm matrix

Fossil Site: El Kaid Errami Valley, Tafilalt, Morocco

Code: 18144

Price: Sold

Brittlestar FossilsDescription: The Fezouata and Tafilalt biotas provide an exceptional representation of exquisitely-preserved Ordovician life from Morocco. Both show parallels to the older OphiuroideaBurgess Shale fauna of the Cambrian of Canada. This is a fine example of a pair of members of the Ophiuroidea, or Brittlestars. The Brittlestars and True Sea Stars shared a common ancestor in the Ordovician. Intact starfish specimens are quite uncommon in the fossil record, and multiples such as this are even less commonly seen.

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