Posidonienschiefer Formation, Holzmaden, Baden-Württemburg, Germany
Artfully prepared, the exquisite fossils stand out with remarkable three-dimensionality, highlighted by the subtle shimmer of pyritization from crowns to root. They remain attached to a piece of ancient petrified wood, surrounded by what appear to be a number of small mollusks.
The Crinoid, known also as the Sea Lily or Feather Star, is one of the world's so-called "living fossils", with species still to be found in today's oceans from Indonesia to the Caribbean. Their fossils are also found all over the world, but the most beautiful and desirable are those from the Posidonia shale beds of Holzmaden, in southern Germany. The present specimen, representing one of the finest fossil formations in the world, possesses open crowns which measure 21 x 13 cm, 23 x 14 cm, 23 x 12 cm across, respectively. Matrix measuring 130 x 100 x 2.8 cm