Unusual Aspidorhynchus Solnhofen Lagerstätte Fish Fossil

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Aspidorhynchus acutirostris

Class Actinoptergyii, Order Aspidorhynchiformes, Family Aspidorhynchidae

Geological Time: Late Jurassic, Kimmeridgian Stage

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fish fossil is 135 mm (tip of rostrum to tip of tail along backbone), Matrix: 225 mm by 155 mm and 230 mm by 155 mm pair

Fossil Site: Solnhofen Limestone, Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany

Fossil Code: GF104

Price: $995.00

Aspidorhynchus acutirostris Fish FossilDescription: This is a fine example of an unusual fish from the lithographic limestone deposits of Eichstatt, Germany, known as Aspidorhynchus acutirostris. The species derives its name from the sharp rostrum which it presumably used to slash sidewise at prey fish. Once its prey was stunned, the sharp teeth would have come into play. The genus became extinct in the Cretaceous, leaving no descendants. These 150 million year old deposits are famous for their exceptionally well-preserved organisms, the most famous of which are the handful of specimens of the ancient bird Archaeopteryx. It is well-positioned on its large lithographic limestone matrix, a suitable representative of this remarkable Lagerstätte that is sure to be a welcome addition to any collection of specimens from the region.

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