Stunning Fossil Horseshoe Crab with Pathology
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- This is a superb example of a Fossil Horseshoe Crab (Mesolimulus walchi) from the famous lithographic limestones of Solnhofen, in southern Germany, that live during the age of the dinosaurs in the mid Jurassic 150 million years ago.
- Unlike many of the fossil from Solnhofen, this plate is not broken and re-glued. Matrix measures 9 inches (23 cm) by 7 inches ( 18 cm). The fossil measures 4 inches long (10 cm). The total weight 3 lb 8 oz or 1595 grams.
- Interestingly, the slightly constricted body shape of this specimen is indicative of pathology - a very rare occurrence.
- This specimen was found in the same region (Solnhoffen, Germany) where Archaeopteryx - the feathered dinosaur - was found in 1861. There is a natural dendrite on the plate.