I think that this is one of the most amazing examples of fossilised shrimps that I have ever seen.  So often the antennae and legs do not survive to fossilisation (just like Trilobites ) leaving just the body, however but in this case they are incredibly preserved in fine detail – wonderful !

Lebanese sites provide some of the worlds’ best preserved oceanic fossils. The landscape has over millions of years experienced high levels of volcanic activity and movement in tectonic plate, causing dramatic rises and falls in ocean levels and during the cretaceous period the levels were extremely high and it was at this time that the fossil bearing limestone was formed. Much of this limestone is very pale and fine grained compared to other areas on earth.

Fossilised Shrimps

There are three main geological areas in the Lebanon providing many fine fossils to museums all over the world. Indeed a fossil of an octopus had been found to have been so well preserved that even its’ ink could be seen.

There are some better known areas, such as the Green River Formation, in the USA, where the special geological features, have also allowed whole fish to become fossilised.

Charlotte