Fossilised brittle star, Ophioderma egertoni

Fossilised brittle star, Ophioderma egertoni

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This image is part of the feature Fossils: Life On Earth

Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fossil of a brittle star, Ophioderma egertoni, from the lower Jurassic period (195-172 million years ago). Brittle stars are marine animals closely related to starfish, but with a distinct division between the central disc-like body and the (usually) five arms.

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Keywords: animal, animals, brittle star, fossil invertebrate, fossilised, fossils, invertebrates, ophioderma egertoni, palaeontology, paleontology

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