5.7" Detailed, Fossil Shrimp (Aeger) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a beautifully preserved fossil shrimp (Aeger tipularius) from the 155 million year old Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. The body itself would be over 3" long if it was outstretched and including the antennae it's well over 5.7" long. The detail of this specimen is exquisite and it's nicely preserved on a solid, 11 x 9.6" slab of limestone. There is some touchup restoration to the antennae and the pleopods are restored. There are two repaired cracks through the limestone that required touchup restoration where they run through the body of the shrimp.

Comes with an acrylic/metal 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.

Aeger tipularius
Eichstatt, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
Body 3" long, over 5.7" with antennae on 11 x 9.6" limestone
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