Solnhofen Fossil Shrimp

Aeger tipularis Shrimp Fossil

Phylum Arthropoda, Subphylum Crustacean, Class Malacostraca

Geological Time: Jurassic

Size:: Shrimp:75 mm

Fossil Site: Solnhofen, Eichstatt, Germany

Aeger tipularis This is a fine example of a shrimp from the lithographic limestone deposits of Eichstatt, Germany, known as Aeger tipularis. These 150 million year old deposits are famous for their exceptionally well-preserved creatures, the most famous of which are the handful of specimens of the ancient bird Archaeopteryx. That exceptional preservation is displayed here as well, down to the comb-like projections from the first pair of legs that are diagnostic for the genus. Much of the original exoskeleton is intact.

Also see: Solnhofen Fossils

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