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Lapworthia miltoni

Lapworthia miltoni (1)

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).

Phylum Echinodermata
Subphylum Echinozoa
Class Stelleroidea
Subclass Ophiuroidea

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