2.9" Locust (Pycnophlebia) With Ammonite - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a 2.9" fossil Locust (Pycnophlebia) from Solnhofen Limestone, Germany. The detailed preservation shows wing venation, the head and legs. There is an unidentified ammonite on one of the wings. This was deposited after the locust. Locusts are a very rare component of the Solnhofen fauna.

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.

Pycnophlebia robusta
Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
2.9", 6.1 x 5.9" limestone
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