Closely related to starfish, this amazing creature is a Brittlestar, also known as a Serpentstar, and lived in the shallow seas above present-day Morocco around 450 million years ago.
Brittlestars (ophiuroids) crawl across the sea floor using their flexible arms for locomotion. The ophiuroids generally have five long, slender, whip-like arms which may reach up to 24 in. in length on the largest specimens. More than 1200 of these species are found in modern deep waters, greater than 200m deep.
Ophiuroids can be found today in all of the major marine provinces, from the poles to the tropics.
Mounted on a plinth of oak and textured steel, this piece makes a very interesting display
FOSSIL BRITTLESTAR DISPLAY
Acquired by Timeless on the UK fossil and mineral market, 2020. Originally discovered in Morocco