Contrary to its name, the sea lily Seirocrinus is not a plant but an animal that is related to the sea stars and feather stars. Today, sea lilies are primarily found in the deep sea; 185 million years ago, the animals attached themselves to driftwood, where they grew upside down and filtered their food from shallow sections of the ocean.


  • Title: Fossile Sea-lilies
  • Location: Holzmaden, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Type: original
  • Rights: Sven Tränkner Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
  • size: 2 m
  • scientific name: Seirocrinus subangularis
  • geological Age: Early Jurassic
  • age: 185 mil. years

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