2.9" Fossil Dragonfly (Tharsophlebia) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is is a 2.9" fossil dragonfly (Tharsophlebia) from Solnhofen Limestone, Germany. Complete fossil dragonflies are rare finds in this formation and there are several species present. There is good wing detail in this specimen. The head and left front wing have been enhanced. An excellent specimen.

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.



Comes with an acrylic display stand.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Tharsophlebia sp.
LOCATION
Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone
SIZE
2.9", 5.9 x 5.5" Limestone
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#113347
GUARANTEE
We guarantee the authenticity of all of our
specimens. Read more about our
Authenticity Guarantee.