Pretty soon I plan to bombard you with a ton of photos of fossils from southern Germany – the stuff I grew up with, and that dominated the university museum I studied at, as well as many other places nearby.
Today, I have a preview for you: an ichthyosaur, Eurhinosaurus longirostris, from the Lias ε of Holzmaden. It is a 4.3 m long subadult, unusually preserved flat on its back. The photo is a panorama made from 26 individual pics, here as a preview at 1% full size.
It is exhibited at the urweltmuseum + steinbruch fischer (primeval world museum + quarry fischer [hompage German only, sorry]). This is the lesser known of the two quarries there, and I’ll be reporting a lot on both this and the museum across the road from it (literally!): the Urwelt-Museum Hauff! Anybody who knows anything about ichthyosaurs will recognize that name.
btw, here‘s the full-sized panorama, beware of a 6.8 MB jpg file.