1.9" Jurassic Fly (Diptera) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a 1.9" fossil Fly (Diptera) from Solnhofen Limestone, Germany. The detailed preservation shows wing venation, body and legs. This fly is of the sub order Nematocera. This is the group that contains craneflies and other elongated flies. The black dots outlining it are natural mineral formations, similar to dendrites.

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
Diptera
LOCATION
Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone
SIZE
1.9", 6.8 x 6.4" limestone
CATEGORY
ITEM
#108921
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