Beautiful wooden frame, in black with white matte, replica of Loriolister Mirabilis Brittle Star, Starfish, a crinoid. Measures 11 3/4" x 12 1/4" with the Loriolister name etched in the matte. The Brittle Star is from the Devonian age, Brudenback Formation of Germany, the German Tar Pits. The starfish crept along the bottom of the Devonian sea around 390 million years ago, much as modern forms still do today. The real fossils were discovered in a particular kind of fossil known locally as Gerstatten, a German word meaning "resting place". In a sense, the organisms found preserved in this way hit the geological lottery - a perfect storm engulfing and entombing their ancient worlds creating conditions recording details not usually preserved, the squishy bits, soft tissue, parts that would normally rot away without leaving a trace. This is the perfect fossil graveyard. The fossilization occurring in this site is not different from the process of other sites - just more intense. The burial is rapid, exclusion of oxygen and the introduction of iron pyrite all combine to create the conditions for atypical and amazing preservation. The quarry has long been closed. Originals are worth thousands of $$$. I sold the other similar fossil on ebay for $125 and kept this one for myself for a decade.
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References: fossilman.com and 100 Years - 100 Objects, Houston Museum. This has been quite a conversation piece in our home.
There is a replica for sale on prehistoricstore.com for $82 plus ship/handling and not framed as ours is.
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