5.4" Fossil Dragonfly (Cymatophlebia) - Solnhofen Limestone


This is a spectacular, 5.4" wide fossil dragonfly (Cymatophlebia) from the Upper Jurassic, Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. Complete fossil dragonflies are rare finds in this formation and there are several species present. This one is huge, and incredibly well preserved with excellent wing detail. It's located on a nice thick slab of limestone with only a single repaired crack running through it. This is probably the nicest dragonfly fossil we've had for sale.

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.

Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
5.4" wingspan, 4" long, Rock 12.5x7.1"
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