Amazing, 19.5" Fossil Turtle (Eurysternum) - Solnhofen Limestone

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is an incredibly rare, complete fossil turtle (Eurysternum sp.) from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen, Limestone of Germany. It measures 19.5" long and is nicely centered on a solid, 32 x 28" slab of limestone. It's preserved ventrally and is one of the best fossil turtles I've seen available from these quarries.

The back-right foot has been restored along with one edge of the skull and a spot near the cloaca. The last photo in the series shows the areas of restoration.

Comes with a display stand.

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.

FOR SALE
$27,950
DETAILS
SPECIES
Eurysternum sp.
LOCATION
Mulheim, Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone - Mulheim Member
SIZE
19.5 x 14" Turtle, 32 x 28" limestone
ITEM
#115539
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