3.4" Large, Fossil Shrimp (Aeger) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is an very nicely preserved fossil shrimp (Aeger tipularius) from the 155 million year old Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. Not including the long antennae it's 3.4" long and would be over 4" if the tail wasn't tucked.

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 materials which has led to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries, which has resulted in some spectacular fossils being unearthed including fossil dragonflies, fish, pterosaurs, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, etc.

This area represented an 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.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Aeger tipularius
LOCATION
Eichstatt, Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone
SIZE
3.4" long, Rock 8x4.7"
ITEM
#77836
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