SUPERB 3D Cretaceous Paleonephrops Lobster

Paleonephrops browni

Class Malacostraca, Order Decapoda, Infraorder Astacidea, Family Nephropidae

Geological Time: Cretaceous

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is 200 mm long (tip of claw to tip on telson along curve). Matrix 200 mm by 75 mm

Fossil Site: Bear Paw Shale, Montana

Fossil Code: AW37

Price: Sold

Paleonephrops Lobster FossilDescription: This impressive specimen is the lobster known as Paleonephrops. It is quite 3-D in appearance giving you views from the dorsal as well as lateral perspective. The fact that the right claw is larger than the left indicates that this is a male. Presumably males would engage in battles over territory and females, so those with the largest claw would have a distinct advantage over their smaller-clawed brethren. The nodule was shattered into several pieces which were painstakingly reassembled and the lobster was exposed in fine relief from the hard nodule in which it was imprisoned, a process that took many, many hours to achieve. The work was well worth the effort, as the end result shows.

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Paleonephrops Lobster Fossil

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