Bat Palaeochiropteryx tupaiodon.
Age: Middle Eocene (Lutetian) approx. 48 million years
Discovery location: Messel pit near Darmstadt, Germany
Size of the plate: 110 x 100 mm
Size of the fossil: 50 x 60 mm
This small species of a bat from the oil shale Messel pit storage facilities in Darmstadt, Germany, is known as Palaeochiropteryx tupaiodon. These approximately 50 million year old deposits are famous for their exceptionally well preserved organisms, of which some have preserved the remains of its last meal. Soft tissue preservation is a frequent event in material from the pit, and that can be seen here in the preservation of some wing fabric. This genus had relatively broad, short wings, which pointed to a customisation for a slow, very manoeuvrable flight in the vicinity of the forest floor. While some features of the skull and skeleton are primitive, the shape of the wings resembles those of today's Hipposideriden that have a similar habit of flight. Many of the limb bones are in articulation; Notice the intact foot. The skull is remarkably well preserved, with all its teeth intact. This bat was probably overpowered by toxic gases from the lake while pursuing flying insects at low level. Due to this fragility of the oil shale, this sample, as the rest from this site, has been embedded in resin to enable the preparation. Shipping: DHL International.
- Unusual Fossil Bat
- on original matrix
- Scientific name
- Palaeochiropteryx tupaiodon
- Germany pit Messel
- Geological Period
- PALEOGENE-Eocene, Lutetian (41.2–47.8 million years)
- 5×83×100 mm
- 65 g