NATURAL ORDOVICIAN CARPPOID FOSSIL WITH DETAILED ANATOMY
Formation - South Morocco
PERIOD: 510 million years ago
This is a spectacular 100% natural plate of
an impeccably preserved Ordovician
CARPOID of the type Dendrocystites sp.. The detail is remarkable.
This fossil displays
rare evidence of seldom seen preservation regarding various anatomical
features. As of this listing, the species and genus remains scientifically undescribed.
100% NATURAL AND ORIGINAL
WITH NO RESTORATION.
Large carpoid display
fossils are rare and with all the important anatomy of this type of
echinoderm visible in this specimen, this is a MUST for collectors of
the finest grade of diverse prehistoric fauna.
CARPOIDS are bizarre, extinct invertebrates called echinoderms (living
examples are starfish, sea urchins and sea lilies). They first
appeared in the fossil record in the Cambrian Period with some types
surviving into the Carboniferous Period. They are an enigma to
scientists and much has yet to be learned as to exactly how these
creatures lived. Unlike other echinoderms they are grouped with,
they lack radial symmetry and an obvious hydrovascular system.
Like all echinoderms, Carpoids possess a calcite skeleton made up of
plates in a three-dimensional mesh called a stereom.
Currently, Carpoids are classified into 4 major types - CTENOCYSTOIDS
(Middle Cambrian Period), CINCTANS (Middle Cambrian Period), SOLUTES
(Middle Cambrian to Lower Devonian Period) and STYLOPHORANS
(Middle Cambrian to Upper Carboniferous Period).
NATURAL IMPECCABLY PRESERVED
CARPOID THAT IS CURRENTLY UNDESCRIBED
x 3.5" overall, carpoid would be 4" in length if complete
CARP004 INCLUDES STAND
Item - One Only