9.7" Fossil Squid (Plesiotheuthis) With Tentacles - Solnhofen

This is an amazing, 9.7" long fossil squid (Plesiotheuthis prisca) from the Solnhofen Limestone showing soft bodied preservation. The tentacles can be seen, as well as the ink sac chamber. There is one repaired crack running through the limestone.

The Solnhofen limestones is a famous Lagerstätte in Germany that offer amazing preservation of Upper Jurassic fossils. It is where on of the most famous fossils of all time, Archaeopteryx was found. The fine grained limestone makes excellent building materials which has let to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries which as a result has led to some amazing fossils being unearthed.

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 was devoid of oxygen. This lack of scavengers on the bottom of the sea led to amazing preservation of the fauna found there.
Plesiotheuthis prisca
Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
9.7" long on 14.4x7.8" matrix
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