Estimated to be 420 million years old, Crinoid from Morocco are commonly known as sea lilies, though they are animals, not plants. Crinoids are chinoderms related to starfish, sea uchins, & brittle stars. Many crinoid traits are like other members of their phylum. Such traits include tube feet, radial summetry, a water vascular system, & appendages in multiples of five(pentameral).
Just from being around this piece I have learned so much about crinoids! I could not believe that they were animals just by looking at them. They looked a lot like plants by the look of the fossil. I love the tubular structure that is jutting from the bottom of the crinoid & it makes me very curious of its physiology.
Weight: 3.2 lbs