This is an Exceptional Pea Crab Fossil from the deposits of Monterey, California.
This is a very well preserved crab and an excellent example of this species. The location where they come from is well known. Because the rock is so hard the fossils are preserved in great detail. The detail in this fossil is amazing.
These crabs are discovered along California’s central coast. But the Monterey Fossil Crab was found in the abundant shale south of Monterey Bay. Because they are found In a very specific layer the fossils are preserved in incredible detail.
The genus of pea crabs, Pinnixa, still live today and even along the California Coastline, from Baja to the Pacific Northwest these fossils are abundant in the Western Pacific.
This Monterey Fossil Crab exhibits wonderful detail and is excellently prepared. The crab is fully prone and exhibits great detail in all body sections. Because there is only one location where they are found, they are in high demand. This is a prone crab in life position. There are many various trilobites found in this deposit. because of the exceptional preservation each detail of the trilobite can clearly be seen.
The Monterey Shale is a Miocene Epoch deposit. Because that part of California was once the bottom of a shallow salt water sea, fossil pea Crabs can be found. The Pea Crab was buried in soft mud that preserved it quickly. Because it was buried quickly, scavengers were not able to eat or tear it apart.
This Prone crab is very showy because of the rich caramel color and the creamy beige color of the rock. It is 1 1/4 inch wide and sits on a irregular shaped matrix that is 3 1/4 by 3 1/2 inches.