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Fossil brittlestars

Description: In life Brittlestars are in one piece, but upon dying their different sections tend to separate and disintegrate. Whole fossils like this are extremely rare and preserved only when the animals were suddenly buried whole. Brittle arms were useful for this creature. If a predator got hold of an arm, the arm could break off so the Brittlestar could escape. Brittlestars are related to modern seastars.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: Creative Commons (CC By-SA 3.0);
Subjects: Ophiuroidea
Starfishes, Fossil
Animals, Fossil

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