Solnhofen Fossil Fish Furo longimanus
Time: Upper Jurassic, Kimmeridgian Stage
mm = 1 inch): Fish fossil is 147 mm (tip of rostrum to tip of tail along
backbone) Matrix: 305 mm by 165 mm
Site: Solnhofen Lithographic Limestone, Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
This is a fine example of an uncommon fish from the lithographic
limestone deposits of Eichstatt, Germany, known as Furo longimanus.
The genus was once listed as Isopholis. It was a fast-swimming
pursuit predator whose line ended in the late Jurassic, 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 largerstatt that
is sure to be a welcome addition to any collection of specimens
from the region. There is one crack which has been skillfully
repaired. The presence of dendrites indicates that it was found
as such, with the crack occurring at some indeterminate time
in the past.
Lagerstatte Solnhofen Fossils