Squid - ROM2004_982_27

Squid fossil, Plesioteuthis prisca (Rupp), collected 1976


Geography: Germany
Date: 1976
height of slab=38.5; width of slab=18 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • Kingdom: Animalia
    • Phylum: Mollusca
    • Class: Cephalopoda
    • Order: Belemnitida
    • Genus: Plesioteuthis
    • SpecificEpithet: prisca
Object number: 32549
Not on view
DescriptionSolnhofen Limestone: A window on the past, The Solnhofen Limestone in Bavaria, Germany, has been quarried for over 200 years, to make lithographic plates for printing. The limestone was deposited in a series of shallow salty lagoons, 150 million years ago, between reefs in an ancient sea. Many of the Solnhofen fossils have impressions of soft tissues, which are not usually preserved. Solnhofen fossils include the remains of sea creatures that washed in from adjacent waters, such as jellyfish, squids, and a large variety of crabs and shrimps. The beautifully preserved remains of insects, early birds, and flying reptiles are also found, probably blown in by strong offshore winds, as are the rare remains of terrestrial vertebrates such as small dinosaurs. Belemnites were squid-like animals with a cigar-shaped internal shell, known as a guard. While individual guards are commonly found as fossils, impressions of the soft body are rare. In this specimen, even the ink sac is preserved.
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