11.0" Fossil Squid With Preserved Ink Sack - Posidonia Shale, Germany

This is a very rare, 11.0", fossil squid with its ink sack from the Posidonia Shale, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Squid have soft bodies so it is rare that they are fossilized. This specimen is the mantle of the squid. This is the hollow, muscular area above the head that the animal inflates to force water out so it can move. The ink sack is bright black and stands out against the light colored body and dark shale. This is truly a very special specimen that will make a jaw dropping display.

The Posidonia Shale outcrops in the Holzmaden, Germany area have been commercially mined for centuries and has been used for such things as tile, table tops and fireplace hearths. These quarrying operations have also uncovered a vast treasure trove of beautifully preserved, Early Jurassic (~183 million years old) fossils. The lower shale layers have produced fossils including ichthyosaurs with preserved skin and soft tissue impressions.

A view of one of the quarries in the Posidonia Shale of Southern Germany.

Unidentified Squid
Ohmden, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Posidonia Shale Formation
11.0" squid, 13.4 x 9.8 x 1.3" shale
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