Brittle StarKingdom: Animalia
Species: P. milleri
Author Citation (Phillips, 1829)
Geological Time Scale
International Age: Lower Pliensbachian (top)
Staithes Sandstone Formation
Date Collected: 07/15/2014
Acquired by: Field Collection
North Yorkshire coast
North Yorkshire County
As often the case with brittle stars and other starfish, this shows the oral surface and is on the underside of the sandstone bed.
The bed below it is a shale and the base of the sandstone represents a sudden influx of sediment which preserved the brittle star nearly intact.
This was Invertebrate/Plant Fossil of the Month Sept 2014 and Fossil of the Year 2014.