GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - 2018

Paper No. 39-6
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-5:30 PM


STOKES, Jacob R.1, LAW, Nicole M.1 and MCKENZIE, Scott C.2, (1)Department of Geology, Mercyhurst University, 501 East 38th St., Erie, PA 16546, (2)Department of Geology, Mercyhurst University, 501 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16546

Solnhofen, the Jurassic-age Lagerstatte located in Germany, is one of the few sites of special preservation that has provided fossils of scyphozoan and hydrozoan medusa. Since the early 1800s, a modest number of jellyfish taxa have been described from the area and are housed in museums and private collections. In addition to the authentic body fossils there are a number of imperfectly known circular markings that may or may not represent jellyfish. In this study we present data on the verified genera of jellyfish found at Solnhofen and examine a variety of fossils that may represent diagenetic or trace fossil affinity.