Spectacular fossilized freshwater crab, preserved in travertine, complete, without any restoration. The piece measures ± 11 × 7 cm and the crab ± 3.5 cm in diameter. It is fully coated and preserved as a three-dimensional outer mold within a natural cavity of a white travertine matrix. It is covered by an inorganic calcium carbonate film.
* Travertine is a type of limestone that forms around mineral springs. The crabs died when an overheated hydrothermal fluid passed through the galleries and has since been preserved.
Pleistocene (400,000 years.)
Denizli Basin, Turkey
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