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  1. I found all the crinoids below at Lake Michigan beaches in Illinois. (Silurian, Racine formation) I have to admit, I used to not pay too much attention to the ubiquitous crinoids on my hash rocks. That is, until I started to look at them with a clip-onto-the-phone microscope. I quickly found that crinoid disks aren't all the same and are actually quite beautiful and intriguing. Also, finding a pretty little crinoid calyx at the beach got me to look for more like it and low and behold, a short time later, I did find another one. I do believe they are very rarely found at Lake Michigan beaches, unlike the ubiquitous petoskey stones or honeycomb corals. So I've been trying to research Silurian crinoids from this formation, alas with very little success. Oh, for the lucky people who find Devonian crinoids, bibles have been written about those, I'm so jealous! So I'm turning to TFF once more to hopefully find additional information. Is anyone here familiar with Silurian crinoids from the Wenlock epoch? Is it possible to narrow down ID of at least some of these even though I don't have a single stalk or stem segment with the calyx and vice versa. # 1: Maybe a Crotalocrinites or similar? I'd love to know what its calyx looks like. Love the flower shaped lumen, it's so pretty! For comparison, this is a pic of Silurian Crotalocrinites from the British Geological Survey: I'm not 100% sure that they occur in the Racine formation though. Also, the lumen takes up more space within the disk than the lumen on my specimen above. Otherwise the flower shape seems a perfect fit, but hard to tell if the crenolae under the dolomite glaze on my piece are as fine and tightly spaced. Maybe a it's a close relative? #2: I haven't found a single image or description of a crinoid stem that looks like a perfect medieval tower. Anyone here that's familiar with such patterned crinoid stems? (Love the Danish pastry look on its top and bottom too) #3: I assume this poor crinoid was parasitized by some other live form? I know that brachiopods have been found attached to crinoid stems, as illustrated on Chicago's Field Museum work-in-progress website. But I don't think that's what happened to this one. What could have caused such extensive damage? #4: I think this one does have a cirri scar on its left side below. Detail of what I think is the scar in the 2nd pic. The following stem disks are all microscopic in size, less than 5mm: #5: I hope the lovely star-shaped lumen might make it identifiable. #6: Same as for the above, the ship's wheel lumen surely should help with ID? #7: Another Crotalocrinites or similar? Flower shape seems a bit different though, assymetrical. #8: I've found quite a bit of literature about star shaped jurassic crinoid columnals/ossicles, but nothing about Silurian ones. This one, sitting in limestone actually has the widest diameter of all columnals in my collection. Ø = 1.5cm. #9: First calyx. I think this one is very nicely preserved. Ø1cm and height: 1cm. Is it possible to narrow down its ID, despite missing the stem and arms? Also, in most images of crinoid calyces, the brachials visibly grow out of the side of the calyx. Not so with this one. Would they have grown out of the top side by side with its mouth and anus? #10: Second calyx. It's a bit larger, about 2cm wide and 1.5cm tall. Not sure what its original shape used to be, as it's been tumbled and worn and seems to be missing parts on its side. The top is hidden in matrix.
  2. Hi all, Could this be a badly worn rugose colonial coral? My guess, due to what looks like calyces, vs. more typical corallites. Does anyone recognize this? Length is 3cm. Found in Lake Michigan, IL, Wenlock epoch, Racine formation. TIA to all! This area has been a bit better protected and appears a tad less worn:
  3. Hi all,I'd appreciate your help with this Silurian Lake Michigan fossil from the Racine formation. I've done some research and found a family of Silurian colonial horn corals that have members which do look very much like my find. It's the Arachnophyllidae family. I'm not sure if they occur in the Racine formation though. Are these badly preserved stromatoporoid mamelons next to the horn coral? The rugose coral is growing on a stromatoporoid reef? Calyce detail: Here is a North American Silurian colonial coral that looks similar. It's Arachnophyllum kayi. Found it in a USGS report about silurian horn corals. So now, to the "bumps". Mamelons of stromatoporoids? Thanks so much to everyone for your thoughts and input.
  4. Crinoid calyces?

    I would love your opinions on these Lake Michigan, IL beach finds. Am I correct in thinking that these are crinoid calyces? As always, thanks so much for your input. A Hash rock with a terribly worn crinoid but with the outline of its calyx visible? The cup shaped (bottom part only?) of a crinoid calyx? Upside down view. Ca. 1cm wide View of the bottom Top view: Plate from the IL Geological Survey: Or something like this silurian crinoid "Sagneocrinites Expansus":
  5. Illinois Silurian Trilobite Cephalon

    This partial cephalon was found in rip rap near a quarry that exposes the Silurian Racine Dolomite in Kankakee County, Illinois. I have seen similar examples listed on the auction site, but without IDs. Looking at older publications leads me to think it is Dalmanites, but I'm not positive, and definitely unsure what the species designation would be. Thanks for any help!
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