Campylognathoides liasicus, Pittsburgh Specimen pterosaur #10

Campylognathoides liasicus, Pittsburgh Specimen pterosaur #10

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Campylognathoides liasicus

Pittsburgh Specimen Pterosaur

This is one of the most complete specimens of Campylognathoides liasicus from the Jurassic of Holzmaden, Germany. Called the Pittsburgh specimen, it is one of the prize fossils in the collection that the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh,
PA purchased from the Belgian Baron de Bayet in 1903. The Baron had bought this specimen from the noted Holzmaden paleontologist Bernhard Hauff who had discovered it in 1897. Hauff had originally found the skeleton without the skull. It was not until
a year later that he found the skull several yards away in the same part of the quarry, and was subsequently able to restore it to it rightful place.
Campylognathoides was a pterosaur, a flying reptile, from the early Jurassic period. This carnivore was not a dinosaur, but was a closely
related reptile. The original fossil specimen is on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA.

Campylognathoides was a flying reptile from the world-renown late Jurassic, black, oil-bearing shale
or slate at Holzmaden, Germany. In the area around Holzmaden, slate was quarried for hundreds
of years and is still quarried today up to 38 feet in depth. The slate is mainly used for floor slabs
and table tops. Thousands of highly remarkable fossils have been found in the quarries. Many of
the fossils are covered in golden pyrite. This is locality is referred to by geologists and
paleontologists as a Lagerstatten because of the exceptional preservation of fossils and their

Late Jurassic
Posideona Shale
Holzmaden, Germany

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