Rare, Partial Fossil Pterosaur Wing - Solnhofen Limestone

 
 
This is a rare, disarticulated wing of a Pterosaur from the Solnhofen Limestone in Germany. It includes the scapula corocoid, humerus, ulna/radius and first phalanx. There are around a dozen different Pterosaurs described from the Solnhofen so we can't ID this down any further.

There is repaired crack with some gap fill restoration in the crack but no restoration to the bones. The entire piece of limestone is 9.7x9.5" and the largest bone is 5" long.

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.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified
LOCATION
Hienheim, Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone
SIZE
Rock 9.7 x 9.5", Longest bone 5"
ITEM
#89501
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