The southern Franconian mountains (Jura-area),
a quarrying region for Solnhofener limestone and German Jura
marble, is with its 150 million-years-old fossiles
a very rich fund of geological history. In the Eichstätt
Jura-Museum you can see the fossiles of dainty crayfish, insects
and huge fish, also a four-metre long crocodile and rare pterosauria.
The most precious exhibit is a specimen of the famous archaeopteryx.
In 1951 the fifth fossil of the archaeopteryx
was found at the Petershillheight in Workerszell, in the quarrying
of Ludwig Niefneckers marble works. This marvellous specimen
can as well be seen in the Eichstätt Jura Museum.