JURASSIC GYMNOSPERM PLANT FOSSIL
ON LIMESTONE SLAB FROM SOLNHOFEN GERMANY
Formation - Eichstatt, Germany
PERIOD: 150 million years ago
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
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
SUPERB BRANCH DETAIL
OF THIS JURASSIC ERA GYMNOSPERM FOSSIL FROM FAMOUS SOLNHOFEN
x 6" overall, plant 4.25" long
Item - One Only