7.6" Fossil Shrimp (Aeger) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is an very large, fossil shrimp/prown (Aeger tipularius) from the 155 million year old Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. When you include the antenna it's over 7.6" in length. The detail on this specimen is amazing, and unlike many of the shrimp fossils from the Solnhofen the details aren't simply painted on. The fossil is nicely centered on a rectangularly cut, 11x10" slab of matrix.

The Solnhofen limestones is a famous Lagerstätte in Germany that offer amazing preservation of Upper Jurassic fossils. It is where on of the most famous fossils of all time, Archaeopteryx was found. The fine grained limestone makes excellent building materials which has let to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries which as a result has led to some amazing fossils being unearthed.

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 was devoid of oxygen. This lack of scavengers on the bottom of the sea led to amazing preservation of the fauna found there.
Aeger tipularius
Eichstatt, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
7.6" including antenna, Matrix 11x10"
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