Large, 4.5" Crustacean (Eryon) Fossil - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a very large, 4.5" long (including antennae) specimen of Eryon arctiformis, an extinct type of decapod crustacean from the Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. Eryon was thought to have fed on particulate matter on the sea floor, probably having a similar lifestyle to a lobster.

It's beautifully presented on a large slab of limestone. There are spots of touchup restoration to each claw. Comes with an acrylic/metal (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.

Eryon arctiformis
Eichstatt, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
4.5" long (including antennae), Limestone 10 x 8.7"
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