Fossils are defined as any evidenceĀ of prehistoric life. There are two types of fossils: Body Fossils include remains of skeletal bones, shell, carapace, test and teeth. Trace Fossils are clues the organism existed such as foot prints, tracks, burrows and coprolites (fossil dung).

Arthropoda meaning “jointed foot” are classified as within the Domain: Eukarya, Kingdom: Animalia and Phylum: Arthropoda. This group includes ants, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, millipedes scorpions, spiders, crabs and lobsters. To see my arthropod models click here and for modern crustaean shells click here.

Kingdom: Animalia – Phylum: Arthropoda: Subphylum: Crustacea

(shrimp, crabs, lobsters, barnacles, and crawfish)

Cambrian to Holocene

Crustacean Burrow in Limestone Matrix

Lower Cretaceous

Uvalde, Texas, United States

Fossil Shrimp Carpopenaeus sp.

Upper Cretaceous (~94 MYA)

Hjoula, Lebanon

Fossil Shrimp Antrimpos speciosus

Upper Jurassic (155 MYA)

Solnhofen Limestone, Eichstatt, Germany

Crustacean Crab Carapace

(Ventral View)

Crustacean Crab Claws

(Four differnt idivisuals)

Crusteacean Crab Limbs

Fossil Barnacles on matrix


Fossil Barnacles


Crab Carapace

Lower Cretaceous

Kerrville County, Texas

Crustacean Burrow


Hill Country, Texas

Crustacean Burrow


High Island, Texas

Crustacean Burrow


Stone City Formation, Bryan, Texas

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