Large, 3.9" Jurassic, Fossil Shrimp (Antrimpos) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a nicely preserved 3.9" fossil shrimp (Antrimpos sp.) from the 155 million year old Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. If outstretched, this shrimp would have been about 5.3" long (not including antennae). There are two repaired cracks through this shrimp fossil, each of which required gap fill and touch up restoration. The pleopods have been restored on this specimen.

Upon request we can install a backing and french cleat style wall hanger at no additional charge. Otherwise this specimen will be accompanied by a metal/acrylic (gibson) display stand.

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 sp.
Eichstatt, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
3.9" shrimp, 12.5 x 10" limestone
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