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Featured Fossil


This page features a fossil with details about the specimen, its age,

where it was found, and a nugget of interesting information. Not every

specimen will be perfectly preserved - but all are a marvel of the natural world!

All geological time periods are represented.


Fossil Type:



Unidentified Columnal


New Providence Shale


Osagean, Middle Mississippian


Clark Co., Indiana


Spiny crinoids are fairly common in the Button Mold Knob member of the New Providence Shale. Some, like this, are quite small – a millimeter or two across. Click here for another example. Kenny Popp photos and specimens.

Date Posted:

December 2, 2016


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Created April 12, 2012