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    FOSSIL CRAB
    Cancer sismondae
    Miocene
    Puglia, Italy

    This fine example of a fossilized crab has been artfully prepared on the original sandstone block to afford unobstructed views of both the carapace and the structure of the underside of the soft body that the shell protects. Crabs are known from as far back as Jurassic times, although a primitive crab (Imocaris) dates to as far back as the Carboniferous, 350-300 million years ago. This is a fine example and the level of preserved detail to all areas is superb, with finely shaped claws and excellent three-dimensionality to the horny protuberances that cover the arms and the rim of the shell. Emerging from a sandstone block it measures 5¾ inches across and stands 5 7/8 inches high.


    Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    17th Sunday
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