paleontology
Star-like fossil from Missouri

Discovered on a Missouri Creek bank.

Missouri star fossil compared to a penny for size.

A penny shows the relative size of the star.

Fossil Collector: Jennifer S

Location: Southwest Missouri

[Editor's note: Ok...it's odd. It has the obvious look of a fossil starfish, but maybe that is too easy. Does anyone recognize this?]

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2 Responses to “Missouri Star Fossil”

  1. Mike says:

    Hi, the fossil is not a starfish, they have 5 radii. This is an Evactinopora It is in fact the head at the top of a stalk like body. Hope this helps. Mike

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  2. Debi Neuner says:

    Hi, I was looking something up & ran across your post- so was going to give you the answer, but Mike beat me to it :-) I did copy from a photo gallery site some info:
    Evactinopora radiata
    Ref: Meek & Worthen, 1865
    Mississippian – Osagean Series
    Fern Glen Formation
    Jefferson County, Missouri

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