Aeger tipularius, Solnhofen Shrimp
Aeger tipularius, Solnhofen Shrimp
Aeger tipularius, Solnhofen Shrimp
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Aeger tipularius, Solnhofen Shrimp

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This is a replica of the fossil shrimp (Aeger tipularius) from the 155-million-year-old Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. When you include the antenna it's over 8 inches in length, the body would be about 5 inches if it was outstretched. The detail on this specimen is amazing.

The fossil is nicely centered on a rectangularly cut, 10x8 inch slab of matrix.

The Solnhofen limestones is a famous Lagerstätte in Germany that offer amazing preservation of Upper Jurassic fossils. 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 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.

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