Description

    FOSSIL GRASSHOPPER
    Pycnophlebia robusta
    Upper Jurassic, Tithonian stage
    Solnhofen Formation, Eichsätt, Bavaria, Germany

    The insect fossils of Solnhofen are amongst the most beautiful and delicate of any such specimens to be found anywhere in the world. Transferred to the pale limestone by a process similar to lithography, their shadowy remains are preserved forever as ghost-like traces of the long-vanished life they represent. The beautifully simple lines of the present example, with a clear wing outline, articulated legs and slender antennae are enhanced by a rare three-dimensionality. Positioned on a characterful 13 3/8 x 12-inch slab of limestone, bordered with the drendritic traces of water-born iron oxides seeping into the stone, the fossil itself measures 4 5/8 inches long.


    Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800.

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    May, 2009
    17th-18th Sunday-Monday
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