Ancient fossilised pieces of a sea creature called a ‘Crinoid’, a type of Echinoderm which is related to a starfish or a sea urchin.

They are sometimes referred to as ‘sea lilies’, but they are an animal, not a plant.

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Information about Crinoid Fossils

These fossils are ancient sea creatures, a form of echinoderm that existed almost 300 years before the dinosaurs.

They survived the Permian extinction, and examples of these animals still survive today – although they are a little different to their predecessors.

They are commonly known as sea lilies, but they are an animal – not a plant. They have frond like protuberances that capture small pieces of food, perhaps plankton and similar.

The stem of the creature is commonly found – in gravel, loose or rough rock, and in many other places. I’ve found Crinoid speciments in the loose gravel on my front garden.

Spirituality and Crystal Healing with Crinoid Fossils

These stones are said to be helpful with transformation, whether that is personal growth, or something more literal – moving from the old to the new, for example.

Many people also believe that fossils help to keep us grounded, due to their strong connection to the earth – they were literally living beings which died and were turned to stone.

Crinoid Fossils of Jurassic
A stunning Crinoid fossil display – image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Crinoid anatomy
The anatomy of a Crinoid, showing the leaflike ‘arms’ and the column which is commonly found.

Star Crinoid

A present day, live Crinoid, image via Wikimedia Commons.

Crinoid Fossils of Jurassic
A common fossil Crinoid stem, found in household gravel.