Superb Acanthochirana Solnhofen Shrimp Fossil

Acanthochirana (Acanthochirus) sp, possibly A. cordata

Geologic Time: Late Jurassic, Kimmeridgian Stage

Size: mm (25.4mm=1 inch): Fossil Shrimp: 74 mm (tip of rostrum to tip of telson), Matrix: 275 mm by 170 mm

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

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 is most likely the species known as cordata, one of three known from the deposit. 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.

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