4" Eryon Crustacean - Solnhofen Limestone

 
This is a very large, 4" long specimen of Eryon arctiformis an extinct type of decapod crustacean from the Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. Eryon was thought to have fed on particulate matter on the sea floor, probably having a similar lifestyle to a lobster.

It's beautifully presented on a large slab of limestone with its claws outstretched. There is a large section of fossilized coral naturally associated with it. There is some restoration on the left hand edge just above the tail and a few other touchups to the tail.

The Solnhofen limestone is a famous, Upper Jurassic Lagerstätte in Germany. It is where one of the most famous fossils of all time, Archaeopteryx was found. The fine grained limestone makes excellent building materials which has led to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries, which has resulted in some spectacular fossils being unearthed including fossil dragonflies, fish, pterosaurs, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, etc.

This area represented an archipelago at the edge of a sea. Due to high salt content, the lowest levels in the water column could not support much life and were largely devoid of oxygen. This lack of oxygen and scavengers on the bottom of the sea led to beautiful fossil preservation.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Eryon arctiformis
LOCATION
Eichstatt, Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone
SIZE
4" long, Limestone 14x12.5"
ITEM
#130604
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