DescriptionUNCOMMONLY LARGE DRAGONFLY
Solnhofen Formation, Eichstätt, Germany
Some of the finest and most beautifully-preserved fossils in the world are found in the lithographic limestone of Solnhofen in Bavaria. Not only is the region famed for the quality of its specimens, ghostly traces on smooth clear limestone, but the nature of the rock means that it will also on occasion produce perfectly matched positive and negative plates. This is just such an example, where the rock has been split along exactly the correct plane to produce mirror images of a 150 million-year old dragonfly.
Dragonflies are among the most dramatic insect fossils and are known as far back as the Carboniferous period with very little change to their anatomy, an indication of its successful design for over 350 million years. The present specimen, represented in both positive and negative, is preserved with perfect symmetry with outstretched wings measuring 7½ inches across. It displays lovely soft vein detail well-defined on either side of a straight slender 5 inch long body. Both plates show excellent three-dimensionality and measure 13¾ x 11¾ inches - a truly first-class pair of specimens.
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