Rare, positive/negative images
Beautiful, Belonostumos needle fish
Positive image of fish
View of small fossil fish on the same matrix
Close up of swordlike rostrum
Belenostomus Needle Fish
This is a rare negative/positive Belonostomus needle fish from the world famous Solnhofen Lagerstatte site, in Eichstatt, Germany.
It dates from the Jurassic Period, Plattenkalk Formation, and is 140 million years old.
It has a long, swordlike rostrum, and was a predatory fish.
It is highly unusual to find a specimen in this condition, and, in particular, a negative/positive example.
The preservation is superb, and the two original limestone plates, have been mounted mounted side by side, and then framed in keeping with the original matrix colour.
A small fish, of indeterminate species, can also be seen on the limestone matrix.
The geology of Solnhofen lends itself to superb fossil preservation, and many wonderful fossils have been discovered here.
It is a fine grained limestone, and the most famous find was the early ancestor of birds, Archaeopterix.
This is an amazing, appreciating fossil, and an amazing piece of "fossil art", ready to hang on a wall.
Not to be missed by the discerning collector, or as a decorative piece.
Frame: 48 cms x 64 cms (18" x 25"
Fossil: 22cms (8.7") long