4.3" Fossil CRINOID Sea Lily+Pinnules Bundenback Germany Old Collection for sale

Product Code: EB1217FCRIN4
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Location Hunsruck slates, Bundenbach, Rhineland-Palatine, Germany
Size 4.3" x 4.1" x 0.2"
Suggested Stand Small 3.5" Easel Stand

Here is is a superb Bundenbach pyritized fossil sea lily crinoid, Taxocrinus stuertzi.  It has ideal articulation with its pom-pom, undistorted crown and long, pronounced stem.  Every minute detail (including the pinnules) is present and the high relief off the slate is most impressive.  You simply cannot find material like this anymore. Often found in distorted positions where the delicate anatomy is difficult to appreciate, this is a superb example with fantastic fossilized soft tissue on the arms. The Hunsruck Slates of Bundenbach, Germany are now protected and have been closed to collecting for quite some time.  The only way to acquire a fossil from this famous location is to find an old collection piece for sale.  The last mines were abandoned in the 1960's. and the scrap piles have been picked over. The quarries were once worked for slate roofing tiles, with the slate being cut and split by manual labor which permitted the occasional discovery by quarry workers of fossils in the slate tiles.  When a fossil was discovered, they were usually set aside for collectors.  Specimens at Bundenbach were found and prepared well before any power tools or air-blasting equipment was employed and therefore, were completely prepared by hand.  This world-renowned fossil-bearing site is known for a rare deposit of pyritized marine invertebrate fossils that have been preserved with extraordinary detail including the very rare occurrence of fossilized soft tissue, which can be seen in great detail on this specimen. Soft tissue preservation is extremely rare in the fossil record and it provides a unique opportunity to view prehistoric creatures in the form that they were in when alive. The slate plate is without any repair, enhancement, or restoration, and the fossil is 100% authentic. From an old collection that was put together between the 1930s and 1960s by Carey Melville, a professor at Clark Uni