GRADE LARGE JURASSIC SHRIMP
FOSSIL ON UNBROKEN LIMESTONE PLATE MATRIX FROM SOLNHOFEN GERMANY
Lithographic Limestone Formation - Eichstatt, Germany
UPPER JURASSIC PERIOD
(MALM): 154 - 144 million years ago
Famous for producing an astonishing diversity of rare and most
intricately preserved fossils found anywhere in the world, the Solnhofen
Lithographic Limestone Formation of southern Germany is legendary.
Solnhofen fossils are now much more rare than in past years. Many
superb specimens come from old private
collections as modern machinery destroys many fossils that were once
easy to see and extract in the days of manual labor. Also, many
quarries are now closed to commercial operations.
This is a TOP GRADE aesthetic example of the extinct shrimp, Antrimpos sp..
The preservation is of the finest possible condition with natural dark
coloration to the shrimp as well as the shrimp being of a larger than
typical size. The original limestone plate has a beautiful natural
coloration in the stone and is without repair. The shrimp is superbly preserved with none of the customary painting
of body parts that do not exist naturally on the matrix.
Fossil shrimp with painted details sell for a fraction of this price but
if you want a genuine example without such reconstruction, then this is
a highly recommended example of exceptional quality. The carapace
and appendages are well-mineralized and wonderfully preserved. Fossil is on
its original UNBROKEN slab of beautiful lithographic limestone.
fossils on lithographic limestone from both Germany and Lebanon ARE
artificially enhanced in some way. This often occurs by painting on fine detail of appendages and
antennae at the least all the way to painting an entire animal where one
did not exist. A variety of sellers feature these heavily restored fossils being
sold as '100% genuine' instead of being disclosed accurately. If you examine the images above and of the other
crustacean fossils we offer
this section and
compare the REAL detail of our specimens with what is shown in
substantially lower-priced offers of some other dealers, you will easily see
the difference if they post high-resolution images. Examples of
some fake crustacean fossils can be seen
here. The low
price of one of these fossils with heavy restoration or of a pure fake is a FRACTION of what a real specimen. Quarry owners all over the world
that produce these kinds of fossils are not stupid and all know the value
of genuine, fine grade specimens and charge accordingly. The
dramatic effect faking and enhancement has to the price of the fossil
cannot be overstated.
Antrimpos is an extinct member of the diverse group of
arthropods called DECAPODA. Decapods comprise lobster, shrimp,
prawns and crabs. The majority of Solnhofen crustaceans are
was a predatory marine crustacean. These
marine creatures died out at the end of the Cretaceous Period.
Lobster, shrimp and
prawns all possess an elongated, segmented body with a flexible carapace
covering the thorax and head. Other basic traits are the presence of
multiple pairs of limbs and a fan-like tail. Because of the
lightness and loose articulation of a decapod's carapace, intact
preservation of the entire creature is quite rare and the abundance of the
animal in the fossil layers is most often represented by partial or poorly
NATURAL PRESERVATION ON ORIGINAL BEAUTIFUL LIMESTONE PLATE MATRIX - 100%
x 5.3" overall with matrix, shrimp is 2.5"
long if straightened, not including antennae
Item - One Only