A new genus and species of Jurassic feather star has been described

A new genus and species of feather star has been described

A new paper describes an extraordinary preserved new genus and species of fossil feather star. It is named after the sixth and current president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy for his courage and bravery in defending free Ukraine. Ausichicrinites zelenskyyi had 10 massive arms and a ring of clawlike appendages near the base to grip the substrate. It lived 150 million years ago and represents a new species of fossil feather star (marine invertebrates of the phylum Echinodermata). The genus name is in recognition of the substantial contributions that prof. William Ausich made to the knowledge on fossil crinoids. See also research highligts in Nature.

PUBLICATION:  Salamon, M. A., Jain, S., Brachaniec, T., Duda, P., Bartosz J. Płachno, B.J., Gorzelak, P. 2022. Ausichicrinites zelenskyyi gen. et sp. nov., a first nearly complete feather star (Crinoidea) from the Upper Jurassic of Africa. The Royal Society Publishing, doi.:10.1098/rsos.220345