7" Huge, Fossil Shrimp (Aeger) - Solnhofen Limestone


This is a huge fossil shrimp (Aeger tipularius) from the 155 million year old Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. The body itself would be about 5" long if out was outstretched and including the antennae it's well over 7" long. It's very detailed and nicely centered on a solid, 13x11" slab of limestone. A very nice and impressive specimen.

The Solnhofen limestone is a famous Lagerstätte in Germany that offer amazing preservation of Upper Jurassic fossils. 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 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 were largely 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
Body 5" long, over 7" with antennae on 13x11" limestone
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