Jurassic Brittle Star (Ophiopetra) Fossil Plate - Solnhofen

This is a cluster of Jurassic brittle stars (Ophiopetra lithographica) from the famous Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. This specimen has at lest two distinct individual stars and a number of others, less distinct.

The Solnhofen limestones is a famous Lagerstätte in Germany that offer amazing preservation of Upper Jurassic fossils. 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 amazing fossils being unearthed.

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 was devoid of oxygen. This lack of scavengers on the bottom of the sea led to amazing preservation of the fauna found there.

Comes with and acrylic stand.
Ophiopetra lithographica
Hienheim, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
.91" largest, 5.7 x 2.3" rock
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