Crinoid sea lily

Crinoids are plant-like animals, related to starfish and sea urchins. They had a habitat range from tropical to arctic waters, and live in deep seas today. This type had stems and roots and lived attached to driftwood floating in the Jurassic sea. When the wood became waterlogged, or the colony grew too heavy, the whole lot sank to the sea bed and became fossilised.

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Common name

Crinoid sea lily

Scientific name

Pentacrinites

Type

Echinoderms > Crinoids


Strata

Black Ven Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

192 million years

Where found

Charmouth

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.01229