Regal Open Pincered Sardinian Fossil Crab Neptunus granulatus

Neptunus granulatus

Class Malacostraca, Order Decapoda, Superfamily Portunidae

Geological Time: Miocene

Size: Crab fossil is 153 mm (6 1/8”) in width by 100 mm (4 ”) in depth on a 163 x 113 mm (6.4 x 4.5 ”) block of matrix

Fossil Site: Bosa Beds, Sardinia, Italy

Fossil Code: PFD41

Price: Sold

Sardinian Fossil Crab Neptunus granulatusDescription: A museum grade example of this classic fossil crab from Sardinia, Italy. Note the oval carapace with the lateral points projecting from the far sides. And need we mention the large open pincers dramatically placed in the matrix. Two residual legs on the left side are preserved. The tan-colored specimen is set in a large block of whitish matrix. It was artistically curated by the Italian collector and craftsman who found it. According to a crab collector friend, these have often been found as part of the rocky fencerows of Sardinian farmers.

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Sardinian Fossil Crab Neptunus granulatus
Sardinian Fossil Crab Neptunus granulatus

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