20" Pterosaur Wing (Rhamphorhynchus) - Solnhofen Limestone

 
 
This is a rare find from the Solnhofen Limestone in Germany, a complete pterosaur (Rhamphorhynchus) wing. The entire wing measures about 20" (it outstretched) and is located on a solid 19.5 x 9.5" slab of limestone. Even isolated bones of pterosaurs are rare finds in these quarries, so an articulated wing like this one is very rare.

Comes with a display stand.

Rhamphorhynchus is a genus of long-tailed pterosaurs that lived during the Jurassic. The jaws of Rhamphorhynchus housed needle-like teeth, which were angled forward, with a curved, sharp, beak-like tip lacking teeth, indicating a diet mainly of fish. The largest known specimen of Rhamphorhynchus muensteri (catalog number BMNH 37002) measures 1.26 meters (4.1 ft) long with a wingspan of 1.81 m (5.9 ft).



A large number of Rhamphorhynchus species have been named, but are currently considered synonymous with R. muensteri by most researchers.

The Solnhofen limestone is a famous, Upper Jurassic Lagerstätte in Germany. It is where one of the most famous fossils of all time, Archaeopteryx was found. The fine grained limestone makes excellent building materials which has led to heavy quarrying over the past two centuries, which has resulted in some spectacular fossils being unearthed including fossil dragonflies, fish, pterosaurs, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, etc.

This area represented an archipelago at the edge of a sea. Due to high salt content, the lowest levels in the water column could not support much life and were largely devoid of oxygen. This lack of oxygen and scavengers on the bottom of the sea led to beautiful fossil preservation.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Rhamphorhynchus sp.
LOCATION
Mulheim, Germany
FORMATION
Solnhofen Limestone - Mulheim Member
SIZE
20" Total Wing, 19.5 x 9.5" limestone
ITEM
#115538
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