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JURASSIC GYMNOSPERM PLANT FOSSIL ON LIMESTONE SLAB FROM SOLNHOFEN GERMANY

Solnhofen Plattenkalk Formation - Eichstatt, Germany

JURASSIC PERIOD:  150 million years ago

Famous for producing an astonishing diversity of rare and most intricately preserved fossils found anywhere in the world, the Jurassic lithographic limestone deposits of southern Germany are legendary.  Quarries in the region are privately held and mostly worked by hand on a small scale.  The finest grade fossils are few and far between and much rock must be split to locate them.  The best fossils are most often kept by the quarry owners who themselves, are often collectors.  Some quarries are operated on a large scale but these are now dug with machinery instead of manual labor.  Because of this the rock is damaged and along with it, the rare fossils.  What all this means today is that even fewer fine grade Solnhofen fossils are found and when they are, rarely do the best pieces make it to market.  Occasionally, an old private collection surfaces and specimens are sold or traded.  This is where the rare opportunity comes along to acquire a specimen on a level that truly is a prize find.  Typically, the older material is often the best as it was collected when the deposits were first being worked and quality was in greater abundance.

This is a beautiful fossil of a Jurassic Period gymnosperm plant, Palaeocyparis princeps from the famous Solnhofen deposits.  This specimen shows beautiful natural pigment and branch detail.  The limestone slab is intact and unbroken with aesthetic layered surfaces on the edges.  100% NATURAL, COMPLETE AND WITH NO REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION.  Highly recommended for collections displaying the flora of the Solnhofen formation or for plant fossil collections needing the finest example of this Jurassic plant type.

SUPERB BRANCH DETAIL OF THIS JURASSIC ERA GYMNOSPERM FOSSIL FROM FAMOUS SOLNHOFEN

10.75" x 6" overall, plant 4.25" long

SOLD     PL033    INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only

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