3.5" Fossil Dragonfly (Tharsophlebia?) - Solnhofen Limestone

This is a beautiful, 3.5" wide fossil dragonfly (Tharsophlebia exima?) from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone of Germany. Complete fossil dragonflies are rare finds in this formation and there are several species present. This one is nicely detailed and presented on a 5.9 x 5.2" slab of limestone. There is a natural seam through the rock and the the rock has been backed with additional rock to provide structure to the limestone.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

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, resulting 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.

Tharsophlebia exima?
Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany
Solnhofen Limestone
3.5" wingspan, 2.8" long, 5.9 x 5.2" rock
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