CRINOID

The old Indian Bead Fossils from Hanson Aggregates (cover story) actually came from the stem of crinoids. The delicate skeleton of a crinoid is made of numerous plates that are held together by a leathery covering during life.

When a crinoid dies, the leather covering decomposes and individual plates are often scattered over the sea floor. Therefore complete specimens are rare.

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