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Microscopic crinoid columnal from Indiana

Fossil Type:



Unidentified Columnal


New Providence Shale


Osagean, Middle Mississippian


Clark Co., Indiana


Microscopic crinoid remains are fairly common in the Button Mold Knob member of the New Providence Shale. Pentagonal columnals occur throughout the fossil record of crinoids. They are easily overlooked by collectors seeking bigger fossils. Kenny Popp photo and specimen. FOV ~3 mm

Date Posted:

January 18, 2017


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