RARE Archeogeryon Crab
Lifelike pose on the matrix
Look at the detail of the legs
The crab has a wonderful black patina
Detail of the claw
Bespoke shipping case for security
On offer is an outstanding, and extremely rare, Archeogeryon patagonius crab discovered in El Calafate, Santa Cruz Province, Patagonia.
It dates from the Miocene Period, 15 million years old.
The crab has superb preservation throughout, is incredibly detailed, and has wonderful definition of the claws.
This is also an exceptionally large fossil of this crab species.
The stable fossil and matrix exhibit good geometry with the fossil in a lifelike pose on the matrix. You would almost expect it to get up and walk away.
This crab was part of an old collection we purchased in 2005.
The area in which this crab was discovered is now a Private National Reserve, and it is forbidden to take fossils from the area.
The Felix de Azara Natural History Foundation has declared the "Estancia 25 de mayo" as a place that is geologically and paleontologically unique in Argentina.
It has one of the largest fossilised crab deposits, a reef formed by fossilised oysters, and other fossil formations containing mammal remains.
It is for this reason that the crab is RARE.
With no more collecting allowed, only crabs from old collections can be available for sale.
This is a superb fossil, in wonderful condition, and a must have addition to a collection.
You only have to look at the photographs to see it is also a natural work of art.
Size: 2 euro coin for scale (25mm)