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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3 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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  3. patti gober says:

    Yes, I also found a starfish like rock about 60 years ago. I found it at Wildhorse creek in Babler State Park..still have it to this day. The legs are wrapped around the rock. It is relatively the same size as one in above photo. How old is it?

    Thanks,
    Patti Gober

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