latreilli Solnhofen Dragonfly Fossil
Odonata, Family Stenophlebiidae
fossil is 100 mm in length
Site: Solnhofen Limestone,"Plattenkalk” Malm Zeta 2, Eichstatt,
This is an excellent example of one of the most famous and in demand
fossil species from the Solnhofen limestone deposits, the dragonfly.
All the wings are present, and they show detailed preservation of
the fine venation. It sits comfortably on a large plate of lithographic
limestone. Note the specimen’s fine color and presence. The
plate was cracked and repaired.
spectacular fossil comes from the famous Lagerstätte, the lithographic
limestone Solnhofen deposits of Germany. These 150 million year
old deposits are famous for their exceptionally well-preserved and
diverse organisms, the most famous of which are the handful of specimens
of the ancient bird Archaeopteryx.
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