Solnhofen Starfish Fossils

Name: Sinosura kelheimense

Phylum Echinodermata; Class Ophiuroidea; Order Ophiurida; Family Ophiuridae

Geological Time: Late Jurassic, Kimmeridgian Stage (150 million years old)

Size: Starfish: 30 – 50 mm across; Matrix: 200 mm x 140 mm

Fossil Site: Solnhofen Limestone, Malm Zeta 3 , Heinheim, Germany

This Solnhofen Limestone plate contains a death assemblage eight Sinosura starfish. Extraordinary detail is preserved when examined with a hand lens. These deposits were formed in a warm salt water lagoon. All kinds of plants and animals were incredibly well preserved, including soft bodied organisms and the world's most famous fossil Archeopteryx, an early bird.

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Sinosura kelheimense

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