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HIGHLY RARE AEDUELLA FISH FROM THE EARLY PERMIAN WITH SPINY SHARKS ON SLAB

Niederkirchen, Germany

EARLY PERMIAN PERIOD:   290 million years ago

With its white scales, this Aeduella blainville species fish exhibits the rarest form of Permian fossilization from the famous Permian "Red Beds" of Southwestern Germany.  Seldom ever found and never in such a spectacular degree of preservation, this rare Paleozoic fish is accompanied by two partial impressions of extremely rare Acanthodes fish, otherwise known as the "Spiny Shark".  Acanthodes have been found back to the Silurian, 440 million years ago and are classified as bony fish but share several similarities with sharks.  They continue to confound scientists as to their evolutionary beginnings and endings.  

This beautiful rock slab features a remarkably well-preserved Aeduella in an aesthetic pose as if rising to the surface of the water.  The fish is well-centered on the slab and displays a rare combination of white fossilized scales and a dark body impression.  Contrasting wonderfully with its original host rock slab, the warm golden speckled rock makes for a very visually pleasing display.  Associated at the base of the same slab are two partial impressions of very rare Acanthodes fish.  These impressions boldly exhibit stunning and clear detail of the minute scales in white (see second to last image above) and their spines are present and have been preserved in white, as well!  (third to last image shown above) 

A TRUE MUSEUM-GRADE SPECIMEN with NO RESTORATION and NO FABRICATION.

The Aeduella fish was a member of a primitive and now extinct group of paleoniscoid fishes that featured asymmetrical, shark-like tails despite their classification as ray-finned fish.  Paleoniscoid fish had maxillae which were immoveable compared to modern fish but the Aeduella was a later paleoniscoid that had more advanced jaws.

A fossil of either of these fish, the Aeduella or Acanthodes, is a very rare specimen indeed but the association of both species on the same rock make this fossil a real prize.  What's more, the region where this example was excavated usually produces rock of dark grayish brown but this slab features a beautiful honey gold hue to the rock with white and chocolate brown fossil impressions.   

The association of the Acanthodian fish with the Aeduella and the overall color and position of the Aeduella make for a super specimen that we find it tough to part with.  This rare multiple Permian fish fossil comes with our absolute highest recommendation and will surely prove to be a cornerstone specimen in any of the world's most impressive fossil fish displays, either public or private.

INCREDIBLY RARE SPECIES & DEGREE OF PRESERVATION - SPINY SHARK IMPRESSIONS PUT THIS IN ITS OWN CLASS - VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND ONLY SPECIMEN WE HAVE EVER SEEN LIKE IT!

14.75" in length x 9" high overall with fish 5.25" long

$1895     FG003     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only

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