Carpopenaeus prawn fossils

Fossil Carpopenaeus prawns on matrix, typically found in Lebanon.


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Carpopenaeus prawn fossils

These fossil specimens consist of a Carpopenaeus prawn fossil on a flat matrix rock - although in a fair few cases, there's more than one prawn and sometimes other fossils too.

Carpopenaeus is often described as a shrimp, including by me in 2017 when I originally wrote this listing! Oops.

Prawns and shrimp are both members of the order decapoda, which includes crustaceans such as crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp and prawns.


The current stock I have all comes from Hjoula, Lebanon, a world renowned location for well preserved fossils - known as a "Lagerstätte" or "Lagerstätten". I hve shown these pieces under a UV light as well as in regular LED light; in some cases UV light may show up small details that are hard to see in regular light.

  • #1 - 85.7x74.8x12.4MM - a very cool piece; two well preserved prawns and a fish head!
  • #2 - 107.5x90x14.7MM - two well preserved prawns and a fragment of another fossil to the top, probably also a prawn.
  • #3 - 95.1x75x8.9MM - one fairly large and very noticable prawn to the front, and three unknown fossils to the rear - likely prawns/fish.
  • #4 - 76x59.8x10.1MM - two well preserved prawns to the front, with an unknown fossil to the rear. I believe I can see some minor rib bones so this is likely to be a fish.


I have not coated these with any form of preservative but if you would like me to lacquer or coat them in Paraloid, please let me know. They are stable when displayed, but handling can cause damage - so really it depends on whether they're likely to be touched by lots of little hands.. 🙂

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