This fossil resembles present day brittle stars (Ophiuroids) - a type of starfish. Ophiuroids ➚ are a very successful group of invertebrate animals. Living in shallow seas this group can occasionally be so numerous that whole bands of sedimentary rock are called 'starfish' beds.
Lapworthia miltoni is a species that flourished in the shallow Silurian seas in the area now covered by Shropshire, UK. The species is recorded between the early Ordovician ➚ into the early Silurian (a time period of about 80 million years).