Original paper

The decapod crustaceans of the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Limestones: A historical review and some recent discoveries

Schweigert, Günter


The Solnhofen Limestones represent one of the most important sources for crustacean diversity in the Jurassic and even for their fossil record in the Mesozoic. A brief overview of the history of science since the beginning of 18th century and the circumstances of the fossil recoveries are provided. The fossils come from various localities of slightly different ages (late Kimmeridgian - early Tithonian). Most specimens did not live at their later places of burial, but were swept in as exuviae from more or less distant neighboring environments. These reasons are responsible for the great diversity of genera and species described so far. Three species of caridean shrimps from the Solnhofen Limestones of Eichstätt and Zandt are newly introduced: Hefriga rogerfrattigianii, Hefriga norbertwinkleri, and Harthofia polzi.


solnhofen limestoneshistory of sciencedecapodacrustaceajurassiccaridea