Triassic Encrinus liliiformi Crinoid from Germany

Encrinus liliiformis

Phylum Echinodermata, Subphylum Crinozoa, Class Crinoidea (crinoid)

Geologic Age: Triassic (230 mya)

Size: crinoid crown and stem 125 mm

Fossil Site: Upper Muschelkalk Formation, Alverdissen, Germany

This is an impressive and well cleaned crinoid specimen from Triassic Germany. The Muschelkalk Formation from which it comes dates to around 230 million years ago during the Triassic Period, a time when large areas of Germany were covered with an inland sea. The Middle Triassic occurs throughout Europe and is generally characterized by the limestone deposits of the Muschelkalk Formation that provide evidence of a period low sedimentation due to a decline is sea levels.

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Encrinus liliiformis

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