Plate With 10 Blastoids & Unidentified Edrioasteroid - Illinois

 
 
 
 
 
This is a really cool association of 10 blastoid (Pentremites) fossils, many brachiopods and an unidentified Edrioasteroid. It was collected from the Ridenhower Formation near Floraville, Illinois.

Blastoids are an extinct type of stemmed echinoderm related to crinoids. They would have attached themselves to the bottom of the ocean with an stalk and were filter feeders. The body of theca of blastoids resembles and acorn and is composed of interlocking armored plates. They first appeared in the Ordovician period, and reached peak diversity during the Mississipian before going extinct in the Permian extinction.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Pentremites & Unidentified Edrioasteroid
LOCATION
Floraville, Illinois
FORMATION
Ridenhower Formation
SIZE
Rock 6.5x6.2", Edrioasteroid 1.5"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#68099
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