Detailed Cretaceous Slipper Lobster Fossil

Scyllaridae indet

Decapoda, Malacostraca

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage

Size: Fossil is 20 mm in length on a 60 mm by 50 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatte, Hajoula, Lebanon

Fossil Code: L520

Price: $325.00

Cretaceous Lobster FossilDescription: A fine example of a decapod of the Cenomanian Stage (93-97 m.y.a) Sublithographic limestone deposits of Hajoula, Lebanon, this one was labeled as Sculda (mantis shrimp), but I am more inclined to believe it is a slipper lobster based upon the “scoops” at the front (Family Scyllaridae). Modern-day Slipper Lobsters hide by day, coming out to forage at night. These lobsters are also called Bulldozer Lobsters, a reference to the shovel-like modified antennae that they use to plow through the substrate in a search for food. A fine example of the degree of preservation found in these deposits found some 270 meters below the surface. Many invertebrate fossils from Lebanon are artificially colored, with various features highlighted by paint. This is NOT the case here, letting you see the natural preservation without enhancement.

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