Juvenile Fossil Shrimp (Aeger tipularius) - Solnhofen

This is a fossil shrimp (Aeger tipularius) from the 155 million year old Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. These shrimp can reach very large sizes of about 9-10 inches long so at 2 inches (around curve) this would be a juvenile.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Aeger tipularius
LOCATION
Eichstatt, Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone
SIZE
About 2" around curve
ITEM
#31707
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