Double Protolindenia wittei S2

Double Protolindenia wittei
Double Protolindenia wittei
Protolindenia wittei left whole
Protolindenia wittei right whole
Protolindenia wittei left head
Protolindenia wittei right wing
Protolindenia wittei right caudal


SPECIES NAME:  Protolindenia wittei
Order Odonata, Family Protolindeniidae

GEOLOGICAL AGE: Upper Jurassic (150 million years old)

STRATIGRAPHIC FORMATION: Solnhofen Plattenkalk (limestone)

LOCATION: Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany

DESCRIPTION:  This is a beautiful fossil of the Jurassic era dragonfly Protolindenia wittei preserved within the world-famous Solnhofen limestone of Eichstatt, Germany.  Dragonflies (Odonata) have changed little other than in size over the 325 million years since they first made an appearance in the fossil record of the Carboniferous Period, underscoring the success of their biological design.  After passing through an aquatic, predatory larval stage and after several molts, the mature dragonfly finally emerges on land, exhibiting large eyes, a short thorax and an elongated, segmented abdomen, with two short caudal appendages. Two pairs of highly venated wings are characteristic. Many types of dragonflies may be found within the Solnhofen Plattenkalks, with the fossils often so exquisitely preserved that every vein of the wings is distinctly evident.  Their dramatic beauty bespeaks dragonfly fossils as amongst the most highly sought after specimens from the Solnhofen limestone, with rarity, size and preservation being some of the distinguishing characteristics defining their value.  Just as extant dragonflies demonstrate two resting postures, with wings extended or closed alongside the body, such may be also observed within these fossils.  Protolindenia is a rare dragonfly fossil of the Solnhofen Plattekalk, with specimens almost entirely fossilized with their wings fully spread, and with wingspans ranging from 10-13 cm. The holotype specimen was described in 1860.  The exquisite preservation as noted in this specimen derives from the anoxic environment of the seas in which it came to rest and the finely grained limestone matrix within which this fossil was preserved, which captured exquisite detail, including at times soft body parts, poorly mineralized skeletons and integument (skin and feather impressions). 

This positive- and negative-plate, complete and beautifully preserved fossil is well-situated and centered upon the matrix, with the positive plate specimen rising from the matrix in well-defined relief. The head with eyes are nicely preserved, as are the thorax and segmented abdomen, with the caudal appendages clearly apparent. The impressions of the anterior-most legs are also seen.  The two pairs of wings are fully spread and exhibit a gorgeous golden hue as well as demonstrate exceedingly well-defined venation, particularly in oblique lighting. Each block of limestone is solid and without defect.  The beige tinge of the matrix (with areas of orange-brown staining of the positive plate) beautifully highlights this graceful, museum-grade specimen.

GRADE: 3.7 (out of 5.0) Please see grading system.

Specimen- 5.8 cm (2.3”)(length-from tip of head to end of caudal appendages), with wingspan being 10.0 cm (3.95”)
Matrix- 30.5 cm (12”)(length) x 28.5 cm


PRICE: $3,800



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Price: $3,800.00