3.1" Jurassic Fossil Fish (Leptoleptis) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a small, 3.1" long fossil fish (Leptoleptis sp.) that was collected from the 155 million year old Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. The preservation color doesn't allow for much contrast between the fish and the limestone, however the eye socket and some of the bone structure is clearly defined.

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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.

Leptoleptis sp.
Eichstatt, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
3.1" long, Rock 8.4 x 4.9"
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