The fish of Feinsten

I rarely delve outside of archosaurs on here for obvious reason but this simply had to be shared. When I was introduced to some of this collection in the back rooms of the Jura Museum in Eichstaett I was literally rendered speechless. (And really actually literally. Those who know me will recognise this as an achievement). I was then told that what I was looking at was the *less* good stuff. The best material was on display in the galleries. They weren’t kidding. Feinsten is a new site in the Solnhofen limestones and the fish it is yielding (sadly nothing but fish so far, and a lone small turtle) are truly incredible. Stomach contents, skin patterns, gut casts and a preservational fidelity greater than anything I have ever seen before. Enjoy a small sampling:

7 Responses to “The fish of Feinsten”

  1. 1 Matt Williams 14/12/2010 at 1:52 pm

    Truely stunning, alongside certain Morocan trilobites these are the most aesthetically pleasing fossils known! I am working on some exciting and spectacular fossils from the Upper Lias of Ilminster, Somerset (UK) which preserve fish, cephalopods, insects, and archosaurs in three dimensions within nodules… gill membranes and all. The locality has some similarities to both Solenhoffen and Santana. See more here:

  2. 3 Kurt Kohler 14/12/2010 at 9:44 pm

    It’s hard to believe there are better specimens than these! Are there pictures of the ones on exhibit available snywhere?

    • 4 David Hone 14/12/2010 at 9:59 pm

      No these are the fish on exhibit, sorry that’s not too clear. I had seen others before hand then *then* I saw the exhibit.

  3. 5 Mark Robinson 15/12/2010 at 5:49 am

    They look good enough to eat!

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