This extinct crinoid is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful echinoderm fossils to be found in Britain. It is frequently found entirely preserved and covered in the mineral pyrite (fool’s gold) which gives the fossil a golden colour. The crinoid is composed of a long angular stem, a small body and long flowing feathery arms.
This species is found in the Lower Jurassic limestones and shales around Lyme Regis and is about 190 million years old. Fossil Pentacrinites are not common however where they are found, they occur in great masses with many individuals overlying one another.
During the Jurassic this species lived in a warm tropical sea with many small islands and between two large land masses (similar to the Caribbean today).
Learn about the form and structure of Pentacrinites fossilis, find out its distinguishing features and discover how it is thought to have evolved.
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