3.15" Fossil Dragonfly With Floating Crinoids - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a 3.15" long fossil dragonfly from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. Complete fossil dragonflies are rare finds in this formation and there are several species present. There are several fossil floating crinoids (Saccocoma pectinata) near it's tail. There is a natural seem in the rock (the dark colored line) but it doesn't appear to be broken all of the way through.

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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 material, which has led to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries. In the process, some spectacular fossils were unearthed, including fossil dragonflies, fish, pterosaurs, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, and many more.

This area represents an ancient 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.

Unidentified & Saccocoma pectinata
Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
3.15" long on 5.5x5.8" rock
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