Solnhofen Starfish Fossils
Class Ophiuroidea; Order Ophiurida; Family Ophiuridae
Late Jurassic, Kimmeridgian Stage (150 million years old)
30 – 50 mm across; Matrix: 200 mm x 140 mm
Site: Solnhofen Limestone, Malm Zeta 3 , Heinheim, Germany
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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