Juvenile Fossil Lobster (Mecochirus) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a small, but well defined, fossil lobster from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone in Germany. The first pair of elongated legs as well as the long antennae are well preserved in this specimen. It is likely a juvenile of the species Mecochirus longimanus. Comes with an acrylic display stand.

The Solnhofen limetones 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.

Mecochirus longimanus
Eichstatt, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
2" long including antennae
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