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Fossil shrimp from Solnhofen Germany

Fossil shrimp from the late Jurassic (161-145 million years old). Found in the famous limestone quarries around Solnhoffen Germany.
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161-145 million years old

These shrimps lived in what is now Germany in the late Jurassic about 161-145 million years ago. They lived in a lagoon that was regularly closed off from the sea. The high salt content in both the water and the sediment has ensured that deceased animals could be well preserved and fossilized.


In the Altmühltal in Germany there are several limestone quarries. In the middle of this area lies the village of Solnhofen. The limestone from the area derived its name from this village. In reality, there are tens of kilometers of limestone quarries. The chance of finding fossils here yourself is not even very great. However, there are regular finds from the area due to the large scale of industrial extraction of limestone. This is mainly used for house building, sculpture or as a decorative stone.


This beautiful plate with fossil shrimp has a weight of 2088 grams and a size of 20 x 24 x 1.5 cm. The stand is included.

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