Central Europe, Solnhofen Plattenkalk - Eichstatt, Germany, Jurassic Period, ca. 150 million years ago. An extremely well-preserved Leptotheutis gigas, a type of prehistoric giant squid (cuttlefish). Fossils of this creature are rarely seen because squid are mostly soft tissue with only an internal cuttlebone skeleton and so do not preserve well. With this example, we can attribute such complete and rare preservation to a gentle burial of the original animal and a "top-down view" orientation of the body when covered. This rare positioning allows for the enormous eyes to be seen flanking each side of the creature. Size: 35" W x 10.75" H (88.9 cm x 27.3 cm)
This Giant Squid fossil was pointed with the tentacles out, running out to the edge of the quarry cliff face. This is the reason the last few inches of the tips of the tentacles are missing. This is a natural weathered edge, not missing from digging. These cephalopods had short tentacles so very little is absent.
Provenance: acquired in 2005 from a German collector
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