2.9" Fossil Dragonfly (Tharsophlebia) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is is a 2.9" fossil dragonfly (Tharsophlebia) from Solnhofen Limestone, Germany. Complete fossil dragonflies are rare finds in this formation and there are several species present. There is good wing detail in this specimen. The head and left front wing have been enhanced. An excellent specimen.

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.

Comes with an acrylic display stand.
Tharsophlebia sp.
Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
2.9", 5.9 x 5.5" Limestone
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