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A mixed assemblage of fossils

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A mixed assemblage of fossils

A mixed assemblage of fossils from the Ordovician period (500 to 435 million years ago) including brachiopods and crinoids. The specimen was found in the Acton Scott series, Onny river section, Shropshire, UK

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Crinoid Fossil Fossil Invertebrate Fossils Palaeontology


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This print showcases a mesmerizing array of fossils from the ancient Ordovician period, which dates back an astonishing 500 to 435 million years ago. The assemblage is a mix of various intriguing specimens, including brachiopods and crinoids, providing us with a glimpse into the diverse marine life that once thrived in what is now known as Shropshire, UK. The intricate details preserved in these fossilized remains offer valuable insights into the fascinating world of animal paleontology. Brachiopods, characterized by their hinged shells resembling clams or mussels, were abundant during this era and played a significant role in shaping marine ecosystems. Crinoids, also known as sea lilies or feather stars, were delicate creatures related to starfish and sea urchins that flourished in ancient seas. Discovered within the Acton Scott series along the Onny river section in Shropshire, this remarkable find serves as a testament to Earth's rich geological history. These beautifully preserved fossilized invertebrates provide scientists with invaluable clues about past environments and evolutionary processes. Science Photo Library has expertly captured this stunning image for enthusiasts and researchers alike to marvel at nature's wonders. It reminds us of our planet's deep-rooted connections across time and offers endless opportunities for exploration and discovery within the realm of paleontology.

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