2" Detailed, Fossil Shrimp and Brittle Star - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a nicely preserved 2" fossil shrimp (Antrimpos sp.) and 1.3" Brittle Star (Geocoma carinata) from the 155 million year old Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. The shrimp is on one side of the limestone, while the brittle star is on the other.

This slab of rock is thin and there is a repaired crack through it. It comes with an acrylic display stand.

The Solnhofen limestone is a famous Upper Jurassic lagerstätte in Germany. It is where one of the most famous fossils of all time, Archaeopteryx, was found. The fine-grained limestone makes excellent building material, which has led to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries. In the process, some spectacular fossils were unearthed, including fossil dragonflies, fish, pterosaurs, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, and many more.

This area represents an ancient archipelago at the edge of a sea. Due to high salt content, the lowest levels in the water column could not support much life and were largely devoid of oxygen. This lack of oxygen and scavengers on the bottom of the sea led to beautiful fossil preservation.

Antrimpos sp. (Shrimp) & Geocoma carinata (Brittle Star)
Eichstatt, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
2" shrimp, 1.3" brittle star on 4.1 x 4" limestone
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