Solnhofen is an Upper Jurassic limestone found in Germany which yields diverse and exceptionally well‐preserved animal and plant macrofossils.

Keywords: jurassic; palaeontology; taphonomy


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Keupp H (1977) Ultrafazies und Genese der Solnhofener Plattenkalke (Oberer Malm, Südliche Frankenalb). Abhandlung der Naturhistorischen Gesellschaft, Nürnberg e.V. 37: 1–128.

Further Reading

Hecht MK, Ostrom JH, Viohl G and Wellnhofer P (eds) (1985) The Beginnings of Birds, Proceedings of the International Archaeopteryx Conference, 1984.

Keupp H (1993) Aspects of the origin of the Solnhofen lithographic limestone based on a new core drilling in the Maxberg quarry. Geobios Mémorie Spécial 16: 71–80.

Seilacher A, Rief W‐E and Westphal F (1985) Sedimentological, ecological and temporal patterns of fossil Lagerstätten. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B 311: 5–23.

Viohl G (1994) Fish taphonomy of the Solnhofen Plattenkalk – an approach to the reconstruction of the palaeoenvironment. Geobios Mémoire Spéciale 16: 81–90.

Viohl G (1998) Die Solnhofener Plattenkalke – Entstehung und Lebensräume [The Solnhofen Lithographic Limestone – Genesis and Habitats]. Archaeopteryx 16: 37–68.

Wilby PR and Briggs DEG (1997) Taxonomic trends in the resolution of detail preserved in fossil phosphatized soft tissues. Geobios Mémoire Spéciale 20: 493–502.

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Kemp, Richard Angus(Apr 2001) Solnhofen. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001625]