Chordata, Class Osteichthyes, Subclass Actinopterygii, Infraclass Teleosti,
Order Leptolepiformes, Family Leptolepididae
Time: Late Jurassic, Kimmeridgian Stage
to 62 mm
Site: Solnhofen Limestone, Eichscatt, Germany
A most displayable multi-plate with 7 well-preserved individuals
and about 5 more incomplete. Leptolepides are common from Solnhofen,
but like the Knightia mortality plates from the Green River Fm.
of Wyoming, are very desirable. The genus already shows all the
characteristics of the true bony fishes, and may represent the early
stages of the developmental route towards herrings of the Clupeiformes,
the Order to which Knightia belongs.
see: Solnhofen Fossils