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A really nice crab

A few months ago I was collecting with a good friend and she found a large fossil crab in a large limestone boulder. After we excavated it I noticed part of a large claw about a foot away from the first crab. We excavated a second crab and I took both to my lad for preparation. They were both Marietta palmeri specimens. These are the largest crabs from the Eocene of South Carolina. From the largest claws I've collected I believe the carapace of this species could reach 10 inches (25 centimeters) in diameter. The one displayed here has a 7 inch diameter carapace. Crab legs anyone?

Location Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

Date Added7/3/2008

A nice Marietta palmeri from the Santee limestone of South Carolina. About 5% restoration.

big ditch clean up
big ditch clean up
finally a whole meg over 3 inches
finally a whole meg over 3 inches
BRFC Day at the Cooper
BRFC Day at the Cooper

- 7/3/2008
Reviewer : Down by the banks from
Total Rating : 9.667
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