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Published: February 8, 2013

Antarctica Lobster Fossil

Paul Mayer, Collections Manager, Fossil Invertebrates, Gantz Family Collections Center

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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.

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.


Paul Mayer
Collections Manager, Fossil Invertebrates, Gantz Family Collections Center

Paul is responsible for managing and caring for 2 million fossil invertebrate specimens.  His areas of specialty are Devonian brachiopods, Silurian Reefs and Mazon Creek fossils including the Tully Monster. Paul has done fieldwork in Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Alberta, China, Australia, and New Zealand.