Large Solnhofen Eryon Decopod Fossil

Eryon arctiformis

Decapoda, Paliunra, Eryonidae

Geological Time: Late Jurassic, Kimmeridgian Stage

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): 160 mm long by 70 mm across (including claws and antennae) on a 320 mm by 250 mm matrix

Fossil Site Solnhofen Lagerstatte - Malm Zeta 3, Eichstatt (near Sonlhofen), Bavaria, Germany

Fossil Code: SRC01

Price: Sold

Eryon arctiformisThe members of the Eryonidae are well-known from the Jurassic deposits of Solnhofen. They are not true crabs or lobsters but do also belong to the suborder Reptantia, and are actually the basalmost member of that group. 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. Trackways are also found, with one spectacular example ending in the expired trackmaker! It is well-positioned on its lithographic limestone matrix, and is a dorsally-preserved example.

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