.5" Jurassic Fossil Insect - Solnhofen Limestone

This is an unidentified, 1/2" long fossil insect from the famous Solnhofen Limestone of Germany.

The Solnhofen limetones is a famous Lagerstätte in Germany that offer amazing preservation of Upper Jurassic fossils. It is where on of the most famous fossils of all time, Archaeopteryx was found. The fine grained limestone makes excellent building materials which has let to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries which as a result has led to some amazing fossils being unearthed.

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 was devoid of oxygen. This lack of scavengers on the bottom of the sea led to amazing preservation of the fauna found there.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified
LOCATION
Eichstatt, Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone
SIZE
.5" long on 2.1x2.1" rock
CATEGORY
ITEM
#52506
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