Huge, Fossil Shrimp (Antrimpos) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a huge fossil shrimp (Antrimpos speciosus) from the 155 million year old Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. The body itself would be over 5" long if it was outstretched. It's very detailed and beautifully preserved on a solid, 13.4 x 11.3" slab of limestone. A very nice and impressive specimen.

There is some restoration to the antennae but I don't see any signs of restoration to other parts of the fossil. The rock is pretty thin so it has been backed for stability.

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, resulting 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.

Antrimpos speciosus
Eichstatt, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
Body 5+" long, 15 x 11.4" limestone
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