Of Ancient Fish and Early Birds – and everything else that died in Solnhofen´s plattenkalks. Exploring life in the Late Jurassic through illustrations, visualizations, infographics, and storytelling.
The plattenkalks of Solnhofen are renowned for their long history. The rocks
were used as building material by the ancient Romans, as plates for lithographic
printing and have yielded many excellent fossils. Nowhere else in the world
has another Archaeopteryx fossil been found. It is now one of the most important
fossil sites in the world and is listed in the top 100 geological heritage sites
by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). But what did the
plattenkalks look like 150 million years ago during the Late Jurassic, when they
were nothing more than soft sediment on a shallow sea floor? What kind of
animals inhabited the landscape and how did they interact with each other?
Prof. Michael Stoll