GIANT WATER SCORPION BUG FROM THE
JURASSIC SOLNHOFEN LITHOGRAPHIC LIMESTONE
Lithographic Limestone Formation - Eichstatt, Germany
UPPER JURASSIC PERIOD
(MALM): 154 - 144 million years ago
Famous for producing an astonishing diversity of rare and most
intricately preserved fossils found anywhere in the world, the Solnhofen
Lithographic Limestone Formation of southern Germany is legendary.
Solnhofen fossils are now much more rare than in past years. Many
superb specimens come from old private
collections as modern machinery destroys many fossils that were once
easy to see and extract in the days of manual labor. Also, many
quarries are now closed to commercial operations.
is an SUPREME GRADE fossil of an extinct giant water scorpion bug
known as Mesobelostomum, from
the Jurassic Period
deposits of Solnhofen in Germany.
many Solnhofen insect fossils that are nothing more than a crude body
impression with all legs and wings missing and therefore, painted on the rock
artificially, you can
clearly see very rare detail in the rock with deep, obvious impressions
of the wings, legs and head anatomy, as well as the body outline and
has been enhanced to show detail but there is no highlighting of the
fossil that was not a clearly visible
fossil impression in the matrix.
is a fantastic specimen and exceeds the relief and completeness of most
examples found or offered for sale.
100% GENUINE WITHOUT
Fossil is on its original UNBROKEN slabs of limestone.
Not to be confused with a
a large predatory insect that existed in two types - a water and a land
form. These were true bugs and a member of the order Hemiptera. The
Mesobelostomum were excellent fliers regardless of being water or
land types. They preyed on small, juvenile fish and other aquatic
creatures, rising to the surface of the water from time to time, for
air. These large bugs possessed hardened forewing and hind
wings, one partly covering the other creating a triangular shield
appearance on their back.
EXTREMELY FINE QUALITY WITH MINUTE ANATOMICAL DETAIL PRESERVED -
x 4.3" overall, beetle is 1.7"
SOLD BU005 INCLUDES
Item - One Only