Amazing, 19.5" Fossil Turtle (Eurysternum) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is an incredibly rare, complete fossil turtle (Eurysternum sp.) from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen, Limestone of Germany. It measures 19.5" long and is nicely centered on a solid, 32 x 28" slab of limestone. It's preserved ventrally and is one of the best fossil turtles I've seen available from these quarries.

The back-right foot has been restored along with one edge of the skull and a spot near the cloaca. The last photo in the series shows the areas of restoration.

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.

Eurysternum sp.
Mulheim, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone - Mulheim Member
19.5 x 14" Turtle, 32 x 28" limestone
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