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Horseshoe Crab from Solnhofen, Germany - 5.8 inches

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  • Beautiful fossil horseshoe crab, finely preserved.
  • Species: Mesolimulus walchi
  • Age: Upper Jurassic, Tithonian (150.8 million to 145.5 million years ago)
  • Locality: Solnhofen layers, Malm zeta 2, Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany.
  • Matrix measures 10.5”
 x 10” x 0.75” ; Specimen measures 5.8”
 x 3”
  • Weight: 3 lbs
  • Horseshoe crabs are from a unique group that is in fact related to spiders and scorpions, not crustaceans (despite the resemblance).  

The Solnhofen Limestone encompasses what was once a network of placid lagoons during the Jurassic Period in Bavaria, Germany. Among the famous and rare discoveries here include archaeopteryx and pterosaurs. The preservation in this deposit is so remarkable that fossils of soft-bodied organisms like jellyfish and squid have been found!