Dear Cindy, Matt and others,
many thanks for the hints.
The riddle is not solved yet, but I will ask Andrew Ross for further advice.
Cindy Howells wrote:
> Andrew Ross (National Museums of Scotland) is probably the best person to help with this, and possibly also Joe Collins (contact through Andrew) who is an honorary researcher with the NHM in London, although he doesn't often go in there now.
> It looks a bit like London Clay which is heavily pyritized often. But that's not to say it isn't from elsewhere. It's a lovely specimen anyway.
> Cindy Howells
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> Subject: Supposed London Clay crab, labelled "Hill"
> Dear All,
> this is an issue from the continent that might be an easy fall for some members of the GCG:
> A crab specimen in our collection is labelled "Hill". I suppose that it is from the London Clay Formation and has been swaped between the ‹berseemuseum Bremen and an UK institution some decades ago.
> Actually it might be a specimen of Zanthopsis leachi (Desmarest) (see scans attached). The specimen shows stains of a yellow scum, apparently decomposing pyrite.
> Are there any similar specimens labelled "Hill" in UK collections?
> "Hill" might be an acronym for a locality, possibly Haverstock Hill (North London) or Lambeth Hill (City of London)?
> Many thanks,
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