Preserved on a square block of hardened shale, is this Pod Shrimp. The specimen is more or less completeand has good detail. Specimens from this world famous locality are becoming scarse due to the site being a SSSI site, however this specimen is from an old collection. A good addition to any collection from a classic location.
Waterstonella is a species of fossil crustacean so distinct from other crustaceans that it has been placed in its own genus. The specimen was named after Dr Charles Waterstone who was the keeper of Geology at The Royal Scottish Museum. This specimen consists of several complete and many fragments of primitive shrimps. The white soft shells are made out of chitin a material similar to finger nails. The bed that this came from has been totally removed and it is now impossible to collect any of these specimens. The specimen is approximately 330 million years old and was collected in the 1980's. This would make an important addition to any collection.
This specimen was collected at the turn of the last century and is from an old collection. This is the classic site which is figured in many texts for this early example of this primitive arthropod.Preserved on one half of a hard ironstone split nodule, the specimen shows fine detail under magnification. This is a very rare example. Specimens such as these do not become available for sale very often.