Fossil Lobster (Palinurina) - Solnhofen Limestone, Germany

This is a beautifully prepared fossil lobster of the species Palinurina longipes from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone in Germany. At 4.4" in length is it quite large for the species and very nicely preserved with all of the legs and antennae outstretched. It is nicely displayed on a nice sized section of limestone which has been backed with fiberglass for stability. Comes with a display stand.

The Solnhofen limetones 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.

Palinurina longipes (Lobster)
Eichstatt, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
4.4" including antennae, matrix 9.4x7.7"
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