Crinoid sea lily

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This crinoid, Marsupites, has a relatively large, bulbous body (the calyx) which might have been partly buried when the creature was alive, increasing its fossilisation chances. The long arms (not preserved here) extended into the water. Some sea cucumbers, another type of echinoderm, live in a very similar way today on the sandy sea bed of Lyme Bay (see lower photo).

Find out more on the echinoderms page.

Common name

Crinoid sea lily

Scientific name

Marsupites milleri

Type

Echinoderms > Crinoids


Strata

Chalk, Upper

Time period

Upper Cretaceous

Age

80 million years

Where found

Thorncombe

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.09407