Mesobelostomum deperditum S2


GENUS/SPECIES: Mesobelostomum deperditum

Order Hemiptera, Suborder Heteroptera, Infraorder Nepomorpha, Family Belostomatidae, Subfamily Lethocerinae

GEOLOGICAL AGE: Upper Jurassic  (150 million years old)

STRATIGRAPHIC FORMATION: Solnhofen Plattenkalk (limestone)

LOCATION: Eichstatt, Bavaria, Germany

DESCRIPTION: This is an exquisitely preserved, positive-plate fossil of the Jurassic era waterbug Mesobelostomum deperditum, the largest waterbug of the Solnhofen plattenkalks, preserved within a trapezoidally-shaped slab of the world-famous Solnhofen limestone of Eichstatt, Germany.

This complete fossil is well-situated in the upper half of the intact slab and centered just to the right upon the matrix in the ventral posture. The head is beautifully preserved, as are the thorax and abdomen. Three pairs of legs are clearly defined, and even the symmetrically deposed impressions of the abdominal segments are readily evident. The detail is exquisite, only matched by the rich golden hue of the fossil, which is gracefully marginated along the right edge by fine orange-brown dendrites. This superb example of the Jurassic era Mesolelostomum deperditum would greatly distinguish any collection of rare, Jurassic era insect and bug fossils of the world.

GRADE: 4.31 (Out of 5.0) Please see grading system.

SIZE: Specimen- 6.3 cm (2 7/16”)(length-from tip of head to end of abdomen), with width of up to 2.5 cm
(1 “). Including leg expanse, total dimensions of specimen are 7.2 cm (2 13/16”) in length x 5.4 cm (2 1/8”)
Matrix- 14.4 cm (5 11/16”)(length) x 11.2 cm (4 7/16”)(width)


PRICE: $550

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