5.7" Soft-Bodied Fossil Squid (Plesiotheuthis) - Solnhofen, Germany

This is an amazing, 5.7" long fossil squid (Plesiotheuthis prisca) from the Solnhofen Limestone showing soft bodied preservation.

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.

FOR SALE
$245
DETAILS
SPECIES
Plesiotheuthis prisca
LOCATION
Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone
SIZE
5.7" squid, 11.3 x 9.5" limestone
ITEM
#113278
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