Solnhofen Dragonfly Fossil
Time: Late Jurassic, Kimmeridgian Stage
55 mm Wingspan 85 mm
Site: Solnhofen Limestone, Eichstatt, Germany
This is a fine example of a dragonfly positive/negative pair from
the lithographic limestone deposits of Solnhofen, Germany, known
as Protolindenia. These 150 million year old deposits are famous
for their exceptionally well-preserved organisms, the most famous
of which are the handful of specimens of the ancient bird Archaeopteryx.
Crustaceans, Insects, Fish, and others are also preserved with fine
detail. Dragonflies are one of the most sought-after of specimens.
A quarry worker may labor 2-to 3 years to find a single example.
Few are offered as positive/negatives. This taxon is quite rare,
with this one a fine example of a dragonfly that had a maximum wingspan
of 120 mm.
see Solnhofen Fossils
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