3.5" Jurassic, Fossil Dragonfly - Solnhofen Limestone, Germany

This is a 3.5" wide fossil dragonfly from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. Complete fossil dragonflies are fairly rare finds in this formation and there are several species present.

This specimen shows a lot of detail, particularly in it's wings. There are multiple repaired cracks running through the rock and the fossil with some restoration along the repairs. The piece of limestone it was found on was quite thin, so that slab has been backed with a thicker piece of rock for added stability.

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 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.

Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
3.5" wide, 2.8" long, 9 x 5.7" rock
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