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SOLNHOFEN DRAGONFLY SHOWING EVIDENCE OF PREDATION !
SOLNHOFEN DRAGONFLY SHOWING EVIDENCE OF PREDATION ! SOLNHOFEN DRAGONFLY SHOWING EVIDENCE OF PREDATION ! SOLNHOFEN DRAGONFLY SHOWING EVIDENCE OF PREDATION ! SOLNHOFEN DRAGONFLY SHOWING EVIDENCE OF PREDATION !
 

SOLNHOFEN DRAGONFLY SHOWING EVIDENCE OF PREDATION !


Tarsophelbia exima ( Hagen, 1862 ).

Rectangular 'tile' of cream coloured Lithographic Limestone. On one surface is a dragonfly missing one wing and with the hind wings still attached to each other but detached from the body of the dragonfly. There are a number of explanations for this rather unusual arrangement. The dragonfly could have simply died, then the two hind wings became detached and one of the fore wings drifted off. Another explanation is that the dragonfly was attacked in flight and lost a wing, with the hind wings coming off in the attack. The only possible culprit for an aerial attack is an Archaeopteryx which would definitely have fed on insects. If the dragonfly had landed on the water and been attacked by a fish then it would have been devoured and nothing would be left to preserve. Intriguing fossil story. 

Jurassic, Uppermost Kimmeridgian, Tithonian, Solnhofener Plattenkalk.
Eichstätt, Bavaria, Germany.

Dragonfly : length of body and head : 6.5. Wingspan of hind wings : 8.2 cm.



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