FOSSIL LOBSTER ERYON FROM THE JURASSIC SOLNHOFEN LITHOGRAPHIC LIMESTONE
Lithographic Limestone Formation - Eichstatt, Germany
UPPER JURASSIC PERIOD
(MALM): 154 - 144 million years ago
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.
In light of the quality of fossils that are found in the Solnhofen
Formation, this is a supreme example of the extinct deep-water
crustacean, Eryon arctiformis.
Solnhofen fossils are now so rare that most come from old private
collections as this specimen did. Body has some roughness to the
carapace but all the detail you see is 100% AUTHENTIC AND ORIGINAL with
EVERY APPENDAGE. Even the extreme needle-like tips of the claws
are evident and preserved.
Because Solnhofen fossils have become so valuable and
desired, even poor quality examples are enhanced now with carving and
painting to "improve" their appearance. To the contrary, this
specimen is 100%
GENUINE AND NATURAL with NO RESTORATION, enhancement, fabrication or
painting of any kind!
Fossil is on a large unbroken slab of its original limestone with
beautiful surface features.
NO RESTORATION! Delicate tail is perfectly fanned out.
The majority of crustacean
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. This is unfortunately the norm with these fossils and
numerous websites and Ebay auctions feature these heavily restored fossils being
sold as '100% genuine'. 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 what we
the difference provided they post high-resolution images. Real crustacean fossils that are natural will appear
very detailed, even on a surface texture level. FAKE specimens will look like extravagant and detailed dark
outlined pictures of what the animal would look like when alive.
Simply put - they just look painted once you see the difference and
compare to the above (or other genuine specimens). The low
price of the 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 affect faking and enhancement has to the price of the fossil
cannot be overstated.
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
decapods. Of all
Solnhofen decapod fossils, shrimp such as Aeger, are the most
common and abundant.
is a crab-like lobster
creature classified as
a lobster and is one of the world's oldest true lobsters. 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
CHOICE QUALITY PRESERVATION OF A RARE LOBSTER FOSSIL - ON A
BEAUTIFUL, NATURALLY-TEXTURED ROCK SLAB!
x 10" overall with matrix, crab is 3.75"
Item - One Only