Antarctica Lobster Fossil

This specimen, UC 9705, was collected by F. W. Stokes in February, 1902. It is the lobster Hoploparia stokesi and it has the distinction of being the first fossil collected from Antarctica and scientifically described. Photo by Paul Mayer.

This small, broken lobster fossil Hoploparia stokesi  UC 9705 is the first fossil to be described from Antarctica and was named in honor of F. W. Stokes.  The fossil might not look like much but it has some interesting stories to tell.

To read the story behind this fossil and F. W. Stokes' trip to Antarctica please click here.