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    Leptotheuthis gigas
    Upper Jurassic
    Solnhofen Formation, Eichstätt, Bavaria, Germany

    145-161 million years ago the area now known as Solnhofen in Bavaria was an archipelago of lagoons on the edge of the Tethys Ocean. Combined with the low oxygen levels that precluded scavengers from the depths of these waters, the soft carbonate mud at the bottom provided perfect conditions for fossilization of the most delicate creatures (including sea jellies, rarely found in any other locality) and for preserving today the finest anatomical details of creatures millions of years old in the fine-grained lithographic limestone. This example is a perfect demonstration of the excellence of this locality. Squids rarely being surviving in any completeness due to the soft nature of much of their bodies; in this instance, however, the preservation is fantastic - one can even make out imprints of the tentacle - although where some of the outer surface of the creature's body has not been preserved, it allows the modern day observer a fascinating glimpse of its inner anatomy. This species belongs to the largest squids in the fossil record, and in the quality of its preservation and presentation it is superb, enlivened by the presence of fern-like dendrites formed by iron-laden water seeping into the rock to add fine decorative aesthetic character. The squid itself measures 33¾ inches long on a pale limestone matrix 46 x 22 inches.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
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