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Crayfish Eryma modestiforme

Item number: Fos001

  • Fossil: Crayfish, Eryma modestiforme SCHLOTHEIM 1822  
  • Formation: Upper Jurassic, Tithonian, about 150 mill. years old
  • Locality: Solnhofen are, Wegscheid, Altmühltal, Germany
  • Size: about 3,6 cm long including claws (Matrix: 23 x 20,5 cm)
  • signed certificate of authenticity included
  • Price: 290€ (incl. 19%VAT) plus Shipping

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Description: This crayfish is an excellently preserved specimen of Eryma modestiforme, one of the classic crawfish from Solnhofen. The fossil was prepared in about 5 hours of painstaking detail work from the limestone and presents itself harmoniously on a natural plate, which is decorated with dendrites. Fossils from the Plattenkalk are not easy to prepare, as the shell can sometimes be very delicate. Without the necessary care, unsightly preparation marks or chipped shells are inevitable. The uncovering was done in detail and gently under the microscope with the help of fine airsribes, needles and scrapers. Apart from filling in a little matrix in the area of the antennae (these are presumably under the crab), no restorations or reconstructions were carried out (see especially photo with UV light).

As with all my fossils, this specimen is accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity.

The locality: The fossils of Solnhofen have always been among the classic and most sought-after fossils worldwide. Their excellent preservation and richness of species have inspired generations of fossil collectors. Probably the best-known and most important finds from the Altmühl Valley are the fossils of Archaeopteryx.