Thursday, June 3, 2010

Silurian Myelodactylus Crinoid Prepped

Silurian Period Myelodactylus convolutus crinoid arm/stem fossil found in the Waldron Shale of Clark County, Indiana, USA.  This fossil has been prepped with air abrasion cleaning.  The rock this fossil is in is pretty hard and is difficult to remove.

Update (08/03/2010): This might be part of a Myelodactylus crinoid. See something like it on the KYANA Geological Society web site and the Indiana Memory Collection site. (11/20/2013) The calyx is in the center of the coiled section -- must be small. Thanks to Alan for the explanation.)

Update (02/16/2020): Kenny was able to provide a species name. Learn more about this unique crinoid from this article Myelodactylid crinoids from the Silurian of the British Isles by Stephen K Donovan and George D Sevastopulo from 1989 Palaeontology Volume 32 pages 689-710 at Plate 81 shows clear examples of what the calyx looked like though it might be somewhat different in the species of this fossil.

Above is a comparison image what the fossil looked like after it was found and then later after it was sand blasted and then washed off.

The picture below where the fossil still has water on it shows some sort of detail of a series of plates the inner spiral is resting on.

See some of the best Waldron Shale fossils on display on the Internet at Bob Schacht's web site at this webpage.  The pictures of the Lyriocrinus crinoid calyx are amazing, described as "probably the finest crinoid ever to be found in the Waldron Shale Formation." :)

As always if you want to see some remarkable fossils from Indiana in person, visit the Indiana State Museum at 650 West Washington Street, Indianapolis.  They have a truly amazing display of Crawfordsville, Indiana crinoids.  Their database contains a number of Waldron Shale crinoids as well viewed at this web page.