1.75" Fossil Fish Jaw - Solnhofen Limestone, Germany

This is a 1.75" long jaw of an unidentified fossil fish from the Upper Jurassic, Solnhofen Limestone in Germany. It's located in the middle of a nice, squared off piece of limestone and comes with a display stand.

The Solnhofen limestone is a famous, Upper Jurassic Lagerstätte in Germany. It is where one of the most famous fossils of all time, Archaeopteryx was found. The fine grained limestone makes excellent building materials which has led to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries, which has resulted in some spectacular fossils being unearthed including fossil dragonflies, fish, pterosaurs, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, etc.

This area represented an archipelago at the edge of a sea. Due to high salt content, the lowest levels in the water column could not support much life and were largely devoid of oxygen. This lack of oxygen and scavengers on the bottom of the sea led to beautiful fossil preservation.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified
LOCATION
Hienheim, Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone
SIZE
1.75" long on 3.3x2.9" limestone
ITEM
#89499
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