Stenophlebia latreilli Solnhofen Dragonfly Fossil

Stenophlebia latreilli

Insect Order Odonata, Family Stenophlebiidae

Geological Time: Jurassic

Size: Insect fossil is 100 mm in length

Fossil Site: Solnhofen Limestone,"Plattenkalk” Malm Zeta 2, Eichstatt, Germany

Description: 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.

This 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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