Fossil Starfish, Germany.
Lot 3232
Fossil Brittlestar
Sold for US$ 2,280 inc. premium

Lot Details
Fossil Brittlestar
Loriolaster mirabilis
Early Devonian
Hunsruck Slate, Bundenbach, Germany

Now closed to excavation, the Hunsruck Slate yielded some of the world’s finest Early Devonian fossils; it is famous for spectacular specimens displaying superior preservation. This virtually complete brittlestar specimen is a wonderful example of the superb quality of fossils from this locality. Though the brittlefish resembles a starfish it is actually an ophiuroid; both are echinoderms but are only distantly related. Brittlestars possess five very long and thin arms. Loriolaster exhibits skin or web between the arms, giving it its starfish-like appearance; pyritization introduced early in the fossilization process is responsible for the preservation of the delicate web. The use of the webbing is speculative; some believe it aided the brittlestar in clinging to soft surfaces, others theorize that it helped capture prey.

Specimen measures Presentation measures 11 3/8 x 9 7/8 x ½in
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