Rare Fossil Fish, Lepidotes elvensis - 26.7"
This breathtaking fossil fish, Lepidotes elvensis, is a spectacular find from the Holzmaden Shale near Stuttgart, Germany, a fossil locale renowned for its incredibly preserved specimens. This prehistoric ray-finned fish inhabited warm Jurassic seas that teemed with a variety of ammonites, ichthyosaurs, crinoids (sea lilies) and many fish species. Lepidotes had thick, enamelled scales and a bony-armoured head. At 26.7 inches long, this a particularly impressive example of the species.
It truly belongs to the upper echelon of fine fossils
Considerable time and skill was needed to reveal this specimen from the matrix - meticulous, specialized labour.
- Species: Lepidotes elvensis
- Formation: Posidonia Shale
- Location: Holzmaden, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
- Age: Lower Jurassic, approximately 182 million years old
- Specimen measures 68 x 22 cm (26.7 x 8.6 inches), plate measures approximately 90 x 48 x 4.2 cm (35.4 x 18.9 x 1.7 inches)
- Specimen prepared at the Urwelt Museum Hauff in Bavaria, about 30 years ago
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