Acanthochirana Solnhofen Shrimp Fossil

with Long Antennae

Acanthochirana (Acanthochirus) cordata

Subphylum Crustacea, Class Malacostraca

Geological Time: Late Jurassic, Kimmeridgian Stage

Size: mm (25.4mm=1 inch): Fossil shrimp is 50 mm (tip of rostrum to tip of telson) with 100 mm antennae, Matrix: 205 mm by 150 mm

Fossil Site: Solnhofen Lagerstätte, Malm Zeta 2, Eichstatt, Germany

Fossil Code: GF96

Price: $365.00

Acanthochirana Solnhofen Shrimp FossilDescription: This is a fine example of a shrimp from the lithographic limestone deposits of Eichstatt, Germany, of the genus Acanthochirana (previously Acanthochirus). This one has exceptionally long antennae. The antennae served a useful purpose in allowing the shrimp to test an area before committing to enter a location. Better to lose part of an antenna than to lose one’s life! These 150 million year old deposits are famous for their exceptionally well-preserved organisms, the most famous of which are the handful of specimens of the ancient bird Archaeopteryx. Crustaceans such as this rarely remain in articulation, making this a fine piece. It is well-positioned on its large lithographic limestone matrix, a suitable representative of this remarkable largerstatt that is sure to be a welcome addition to any collection of specimens from the region. The repaired crack does little to detract from such a fine specimen.

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