Two Crinoid (Pachylocrinus & Hypselocrinus) Fossils - Indiana

These are two really nice crinoids from the bluff's site near Crawfordsville, Indiana. The largest crinoid (Pachylocrinus aequalis) is 6.4" long (including stem) and the smallest crinoid (Hypselocrinus hoveyi) is .8" long. The quality of preparation on this fossil is exquisite - using skillful air-abrasion techniques under a stereo microscope.

The stem of the largest crinoid is a composite.

Comes with an acrylic display stand.

It is believed that crinoids from the Ramp Creek Limestone were buried in sediment from nearby deltas during storms. The resulting siltstone deposits are soft enough that fossils can be extracted in exquisite, three-dimensional relief.

Crinoids, sometimes commonly referred to as sea lilies, are animals, not plants. They are echinoderms related to starfish, sea urchins, and brittle stars. Many crinoid traits are like other members of their phylum. Such traits include tube feet, radial symmetry, a water vascular system, and appendages in multiples of five (pentameral). They first appeared in the Ordovician (488 million years ago) and some species are still alive today.

Pachylocrinus aequalis & Hypselocrinus hoveyi
Bluff's Site, Crawfordsville, Indiana
Edwardsville Formation
Crinoids 6.4" & .8" long (including stem), Rock 7.7 x 4.8"
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