Lobster

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High-maintenance beauty!

This amazing fossil of a lobster is over 110 million years old – yet it looks exactly like our lobsters today! Not only is it exceptionally well-preserved but it’s also very well-prepared. Removing the surrounding rock from a delicate specimen like this is a highly-skilled and time-consuming task. Crustaceans such as this are occasionally found in the hard sandstone lenses of the Upper Greensand.

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Common name

Lobster

Scientific name

Hoploparia longimata

Type

Arthropods > Crustaceans


Strata

Upper Greensand

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

110 million years

Where found

Black Ven, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Found by

Prepared by Chris Moore

Museum

Sidmouth Museum

Accession number

SID.G283.2009