2.9" Fossil Dragonfly (Tharsophlebia) - Solnhofen Limestone

 

This is is a highly coveted fossil dragonfly (Tharsophlebia) from the Upper Jurassic, Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. Complete fossil dragonflies are rare finds in this formation and there are several species present. The body is 2.9" long and wingspan is over 3". This is an affordable example of a rare dragonfly fossil.

The Solnhofen limestone is a famous Lagerstätte in Germany that offer amazing preservation of Upper Jurassic fossils. 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 amazing fossils being unearthed.

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 scavengers on the bottom of the sea led to amazing preservation of the fauna found there.
FOR SALE
$575
DETAILS
SPECIES
Tharsophlebia
LOCATION
Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone
SIZE
2.9" long body on 7.5 x 6.5" rock
CATEGORY
ITEM
#92466
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