4.4" Fossil Dragonfly (Stenophlebia?) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a 4.4" wide fossil dragonfly (Stenophlebia?) from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. Complete fossil dragonflies are fairly rare finds in this formation and there are several species present which makes definitive identification rather difficult.

This specimen shows a lot of detail, particularly in the wings. There is one, large repaired crack running through the rock that doges the fossil. The piece of limestone it was found on has a few superficial scratches that doesn't detract from the fossil.

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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 materials, which has led to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries, resulting 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.

Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
Dragonfly: 4.4" wide, 3.4" long, Rock: 13.75 x 8.3"
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