Fossil crinoid or sea lily

Fossil crinoid or sea lily

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Credit: KAJ R. SVENSSON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fossil crinoid or sea lily in a mudstone deposit. The crinoids are marine echinoderms dating back to the Lower Ordovician period (500 million years ago). This crinoid attached itself to the sea floor with a stalk (at lower centre), and captured food with feathery arms that formed a cup. Thousands of extinct crinoid species have been found as fossils, but only a few hundred sea lily species still exist today. Photograph of a crinoid from the Silurian period (430-395 million years ago).

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Keywords: animal, animals, crinoid, fossil, fossil invertebrate, fossil sea lily, fossils, invertebrates, mudstone, palaeontology, paleontology, sea lily

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