Dinosaur age crab named after amateur paleontologist


This 24 April 2019 video is called Exceptional preservation of mid-Cretaceous marine arthropods and the evolution of novel forms.

The fossil crab species Distefania vanrijsselti was discovered near Maastricht in the Netherlands; from the Cretaceous, when dinosaurs ruled the earth. It was not a big crab, just a few centimeters.

Translated from Vroege Vogels radio in the Netherlands, 5 October 2014:

During many hundreds of Saturdays, amateur paleontologist Willy Rijsselt, along with his son Erik could be found in the quarry ‘t Rooth, near Maastricht. He managed to secure an unprecedented amount of fossils for his own collection, but also for science. By way of tribute, there is now a 67 million year old crab named after him: the Distefania vanrijsselti.

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