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I visited my favorite spot in the Early Kimmeridgian the other day and along with the usual ammonites, I came up with something quite interesting. It's a block out of the sponge reef facies with a Laevaptychus obliquus Aptychus as the center piece along with a Streblites tenuilobatus ammonite and a couple of smaller ones, a rhychonelloid brachiopod and even a little echinoid spine all attached to pieces of sponges. Everything is strongly calcified, so it's quite stable. I just had to abrade away the soft clay matrix and there they were.
After my visit last week (http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/86063-my-little-trip-to-solnhofen/) This time I was at the visitor quarry in Solnhofen. It was very hard work and it was too hot but the finds arent too bad Its a pity that I couldnt find a fish but nevertheless I found some interesting things! Two pictures of the quarry: A beautiful 4 cm long Laevaptychus: A cuttlefish remain: with nice details (6 cm long): And my finds of the day: Two teeth Teeth arent that common in Solnhofen I assume, so I must had some serious luck The first one is 1.5 cm long and it seems to be a crocodile tooth. I think its a Steneosaurus tooth: I like the root The second isnt that big with a length of 0.7 cm. I cant determine this one... Maybe also a crocodile tooth? Maybe someone can help me a bit with determining? Thanks for your help! Hope you enjoyed the pictures!
Aptychi mostly existed as bilaterally symmetrical pairs and were part of the anatomy of many ammonites. They are believed to have been either a two-valved closing hatch at the aperture or else a double-plate jaw piece. These particular ones are associated with the ammonite genus Aspidoceras. The photo show a pair in ventral and dorsal views.