Incredible squid found in the collection

I have just found an incredible fossil in the collection.

Fossil squid with ink sac

Fossil squid with ink sac

This amazing specimen is a 145 million year old squid. The orange outline is the edge of the cuttlebone, but incredibly the black spot in the middle is the preserved ink sac.

This fossil comes from the Solnhofen Limestone in southern Germany, the same rocks as the Archaeopteryx (the famous ‘feathered dinosaur’). It is thought that Solnhofen was an isolated lagoon. The sheltered water at the bottom of the lagoon became stagnant and toxic to life. The animals that were washed into the lagoon quickly died and were pretected from scavengers.

We will be putting more information about the Solnhofen Limestone soon, so watch this space.

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