Museum-Quality Cretaceous Brittlestar Fossils Death Assemblage

Geocoma libanotica

Phylum Echinodermata, Class Ophiuroidea

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Lower Cenomanian Stage (95 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Brittlestar fossils are 65 mm to 17 mm across on a 160 mm by 100 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatte, Haqel, Lebanon

Code: L564

Price: $425.00

Geocoma Brittlestar FossilsDescription: A rarely seen member of the Ophiuroidea, or Brittlestars, this is a fine example of a death assemblage of Geocoma libanotica. The species name is derived from the location (Lebanon), an area better known for its fine preserved fish and Crustaceans. The sublithographic limestone also preserved incredible detail here as well. The genus is also known from the Jurassic deposits of Solnhofen, Germany where Geocoma carinata is often seen. These Brittlestars are over 50 million years younger, showing that the genus was quite long-lived. Brittlestars are able to regenerate lost arms. Typically, starfish decompose rapidly, and are thus subject to disarticulation. This collection of SEVEN intact examples makes for a most unusual display.

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Museum-Quality Cretaceous Brittlestar Fossils Death Assemblage

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