GIANT SQUID FOSSIL WITH AMMONITES ON GERMAN BLACK JURASSIC SHALE
Holzmaden Black Shale Formation (Lias Epsilon) - Stuttgart, Germany
PERIOD: 200 million years ago
world-renown Black Jurassic oil-bearing shale of Holzmaden, Germany
comes this MONSTROUS and exquisitely preserved GIANT SQUID fossil found
amidst dense ammonite death assemblage of Dactylioceras
ammonites. This is the first Giant Squid fossil of ANY type we
have ever encountered and is the first specimen we have handled from
this formation. The photos cannot fully show that this is a 3D
POSITIVE impression, rising up from the rock and is pyritized like the
plethora of ammonites surrounding it. As large as it is and being
a partial impression of the entire body of the animal, one can see how
monstrous this squid must have been. Fascinating, rare detail can
be seen on the surface of the fossil. The rarity of this amazing
specimen is immeasurable. We recently purchased the entire
remaining stock of a closed quarry and this was the ONLY specimen ever
found like it!!! Specimens like this are
now becoming quite rare as almost all quarrying operations in the
formation have ceased. It is likely, Holzmaden fossils of
exceptional quality like this breath-taking example will appreciate in
the future as demand far outstrips supply.
Holzmaden is a highly
unique formation, famous for producing some of the world's finest
Jurassic marine life fossils. Modern quarry efforts have failed to
produce many specimens like this that were once found in greater
frequency years ago. If you are an advanced fossil collector this
of the rarest possible giant squid / ammonite specimens from one of the world's most coveted Jurassic provenances.
Alive today but extremely mysterious and elusive, the GIANT SQUID is a
rare sighting as it is a deep-water creature. ANY evidence of this
legendary monster of the deep, either modern or fossil, is truly a prize
for fanciers of marine life. Prehistoric Giant Squid remains are
extraordinary exhibition pieces and
to have one with associated
marine life makes this an especially prize find, indeed! This specimen poses a VERY
UNIQUE opportunity to acquire an otherwise true museum collection piece. The slab has been chemically sealed to protect
and permanently stabilize the rare fossils and the pyritized features. NO
RESTORATION OR FABRICATION.
Squid belong to the family
of invertebrates called CEPHALOPODS.
Modern members include the nautilus, squid and octopus.
They first appeared during the Silurian Period (435 million to
410 million years ago) and were abundant and widespread in the seas of
the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods (175 million to 65 million years
ago). Cephalopods are important index
fossils — that is, they often link the rock layer in which they
are found to specific geological time periods.
Squid and cuttlefish fossils are rare.
Impressions of their
internal skeletons are all that are usually found preserved. In
rare instances, soft body parts and tissue are found preserved, and even
more rarely, the ink sac.
Modern squid and cuttlefish
most likely can be equated with their prehistoric cousins. Extant
species have some of the most highly developed nervous systems amongst
all invertebrates. They are extremely adept at both evading
predators and hunting prey on their own. Their stream-lined bodies
are equipped with side fins that enable them to steer when moving.
Some squid possess an ink sac which is used at the most strategic moment
when pursued by a predator in order to confuse and escape imminent
ONLY GIANT SQUID FOSSIL WE'VE SEEN FROM THIS FORMATION -
PYRITIZED WITH AMMONITE DEATH BED IMPRESSIONS!
x 15.25" wide, squid body portion is 8.3" long
Item - One Only