1.3" Jurassic Beetle (Coleoptera) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a 1.3" fossil Beetle (Coleoptera) from Solnhofen Limestone, Germany. The detailed preservation shows wing venation and elitra (wing cover). Under magnification body segments can be seen.

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 materials which has led to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries, which has resulted in some spectacular fossils being unearthed including fossil dragonflies, fish, pterosaurs, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, etc.

This area represented an 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.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Coleoptera
LOCATION
Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone
SIZE
1.3", 3.5 x 3.5" limestone
CATEGORY
ITEM
#108920
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