Fossils from Holzmaden, Germany are highly desired for their exceptional preservation. Also appealing is the richly colored black-brown shale matrix of this locality. Remains of animals from the warm, shallow Jurassic seas in the region now known as Germany reflect the warm environment of the Earth 180 – 170 million years ago. Subtly shimmering pyrite inclusions impart a glowing presence to these fossilized animals, which are plant-like in appearance. These individuals would have floated on a piece of driftwood (seen preserved on the lower part of the plate), filter-feeding in the warm Jurassic sea.
Exceptional natural composition and very fine preservation distinguish this plate displaying four crinoids, or sea lilies. The Jurassic animals, which closely resemble plants, are 180 – 170 million years old. These unique creatures floated on driftwood (preserved in lower portion of matrix), filter-feeding from the warm Jurassic seas. Matrix measures 90 ½ x 57 inches (229.9 x 144.8 cm)