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MUSEUMS CHOICE RARE FOSSILS & ARTIFACTS

INVESTMENT FOSSILS AND ARTIFACTS FOR SALE

It is a very tough decision for us to feature a section on the highest quality or rarest fossils because we built our entire business focusing on offering specimens of this nature.  Where most fossils sold on the public market are common, commercial types or simply unimpressive, we are proud to present a wide diversity of truly remarkable specimens and here, we dedicate a special section for them.  Keep in mind that what is listed below is ALSO listed in their respective departments elsewhere on this website.  We strongly encourage you to not limit your viewing to this section alone, but to fully explore the other individual sections accessed from the top of the page menu on this website.  A focused collector will surely find numerous specimens worthy of mention elsewhere, but may not be shown here for the sake of brevity.

Throughout the PaleoDirect.com website  you will find a quality of fossil that others would consider "world class" or of the highest quality.  Nevertheless, in an effort to help navigate the thousands of pages that make up our website, we feel that this section helps the viewer jump right to some truly impressive pieces worthy of special mention, regardless of category.


What qualifies an item to be considered
MUSEUMS CHOICE by us?  There are several factors in play.  Some are going to be extremely rare but maybe not excessively impressive to a layperson.  Others will be extremely impressive but not necessarily excessively rare.  All will certainly not disappoint! 

Everything we offer on this website is solely owned by us, in our possession and can be viewed by special appointment in our 5000 square foot gallery and lab facility  just outside the Greater Orlando, Florida region.

To see a sampling of some of the amazing specimens we have sold in the past, we have a special archive section of a few of our most memorable offerings.  To get an idea of the kind of material we specialize in and may possibly get in the future, please feel free to tour our FOSSIL MUSEUM.
 


 

CLICK ON THE PICTURES BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH SPECIMEN

FOSSILS
 

 

INVESTMENT-GRADE MASSIVE 11.5 FOOT PAIR OF WOOLLY MAMMOTH TUSKS FROM EUROPE'S FINAL ICE AGE - North Sea, Holland

138" long with a 18.5" circumference

$485,000     MTX001     INCLUDES CUSTOM STAINLESS STAND     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

 

FINEST INVESTMENT MUSEUM FOSSIL GIANT 1.9 METER APEX PREDATOR ORTHACANTHUS SHARK IN RARE WHITE BONE ON DARK COLORFUL ORIGINAL ROCK FROM PERMIAN PERIOD BEFORE THE FIRST DINOSAURS - Rheinland Pflaz, Germany

82.5" long by 41" overall in matrix, shark is 74.5" long

$695,000     F085     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

SUPREMELY RARE 6 FOOT COMPLETE GIANT PREHISTORIC AMPHIBIAN ON ORIGINAL MATRIX FROM BEFORE THE FIRST DINOSAURS - Pfalz, Germany

82.5" x 39.25" overall on original matrix slab, amphibian is 69" in length if straightened

$750,000     AMPH013     Actual Item - One Only

MUSEUM EXHIBITION GRADE RARE COMPLETE ARTICULATED PREHISTORIC MONOTHERIUM FOSSIL SEAL SKELETON FROM EASTERN U.S.A. - Chesapeake Group - Mid-Atlantic Coast, U.S.A.

51.5" long x 25.5' wide overall with plate, seal is 39" long in a linear measurement

$64,500     PINX002     INCLUDES WALL-HANGING HARDWARE     Actual Item - One Only

 

MUSEUM EXHIBITION GRADE COMPLETE LARGE ARTICULATED PREHISTORIC PHOCID SEAL SKELETON FROM EASTERN U.S.A. - Chesapeake Group - Mid-Atlantic Coast, U.S.A.

77.5" long x 36.5' wide overall with plate, seal is 71" long in a linear measurement

$64,500     PINX001     INCLUDES WALL-HANGING HARDWARE     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

 

EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE GIANT WHITE ORTHACANTHUS PERMIAN SHARK ON MATRIX WITH 3D RELIEF AND EXPOSED TEETH - Rheinland Pflaz, Germany

80.5" long by 31.5" overall in matrix, shark is 63" long

$245,000     F075     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

ULTRA RARE COMPLETE ARCHEGOSAURUS PERMIAN AMPHIBIAN WITH FULL SKELETAL DETAIL AND SOFT TISSUE PRESERVATION - Pfalz, Germany

41.25" x 23.25" overall on original matrix slab, amphibian is 37.75" in length if straightened

$64,500     AMPH037     Actual Item - One Only

MONSTROUS NEARLY 3 FOOT DEVONIAN SEA SCORPION EURYPTERID WITH THREE DIMENSIONAL DETAIL FROM GERMANY - ONE OF THREE KNOWN TO EXIST - Western Germany

39" by 29" overall with rock plate, eurypterid is 31.5" (80 cm) in length if straightened

$185,000     EUR001     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

ULTRA RARE FIRST PREHISTORIC FISH NATURAL DOUBLE DEVONIAN COCCOSTEUS ARMORED FISH FOSSIL OF MAXIMUM SIZE AND FINEST PRESERVATION - Middle Old Red Sandstone Formation - Orkney, Scotland

26" x 26" overall, fish are 13.5" long if straightened

$14500     F116     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

ULTRA RARE INVESTMENT GRADE GIANT CALLOPTERUS JURASSIC FISH FOSSIL ON LIMESTONE SLAB - Solnhofen Plattenkalk Formation - Eichstatt, Germany

47" in length x 37.5" high overall with fish 24" long

$34,500     F111     WITH ATTACHED STEEL WALL BRACKET Actual Item - One Only

 

 

MUSEUM SHOWPIECE FOSSIL LARGE PREHISTORIC SEA LILIES ON ORIGINAL ANCIENT OCEAN FLOOR MATRIX - South Morocco

50" x 39" overall

$32,500     CRI031     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

INVESTMENT CLASS ULTRA RARE LONG SPINE VARIANT ERBENOCHILE FOSSILIZED IN STUNNING GOLDEN YELLOW HUE WITH ALL SPINES INTACT AND EXPOSED - Jbel Issoumour - Atlas Mountain Range, South Morocco

3.25”x 2.6” overall with matrix, trilobite is 2.5" in length is straightened

$6750     TRX287     Actual Item - One Only    

  

 

MUSEUM GRADE 24 INCH CRETACEOUS GUITARFISH RAY FOSSIL RHINOBATOS FROM LEBANON WITH ULTRA-RARE PRESERVATION - Hajoula, Lebanon

26" x 23.5" overall, ray  is 24" in length

$24,500     SHX028     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

INVESTMENT GRADE ULTRA RARE BLUE "BLUE PHANTOM" SPINY DROTOPS ARMATUS TRILOBITE FOSSIL WITH FREE-STANDING COMPLETELY EXPOSED AUTHENTIC SPINES AND PERFECT EYE LENS DETAIL - Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Trilobite is 6" long, on 8.25" x 5.75" overall original rock

$5895     TRX265     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

EXTREMELY RARE MUSEUM SPECIMEN CONCENTRATED LARGE MASS EXTINCTION EVENT FOSSIL STARFISH AND SEA LILY CRINOID SLAB WITH SUPREME PRESERVATION - Ktaoua Formation - South Morocco

37" x 19" overall with a slab of 2" average thickness, starfish range in diameter from 5" to 3.75"

$29,500     SF026     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

 

INCREDIBLY RARE MUSEUM FOSSIL SMALLEST PREHISTORIC BABY ORTHACANTHUS SHARK IN RARE WHITE BONE ON DARK COLORFUL ORIGINAL ROCK FROM THE PERMIAN PERIOD - Rheinland Pflaz, Germany

20" long by 15.5" overall in matrix, shark is 22" long

$32,500     F103     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

 

ULTRA RARE GIANT SQUID FOSSIL FROM THE JURASSIC PERIOD ON SOLNHOFEN LITHOGRAPHIC LIMESTONE - Solnhofen Plattenkalk Formation - Eichstatt, Germany

35" x 10.75" overall with matrix slab, squid 32.5" long

$28,500     SQ005    INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

RARE FINEST PRESERVED LARGE UNCOILED HETEROMORPH AMMONITE FROM THE LAST DAYS OF THE DINOSAURS - Agadir, Morocco

19.5" high x 14.5" wide overall, ammonite is 16.5" across x 4.5" thick

$4995     AMX321     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

 

FINEST SPECIMEN GIANT PARAELOPS CRETACEOUS DINOSAUR-ERA TARPON FISH FOSSIL ENCASED IN AN "OLD MISSION" CONCRETION IN LIFE-LIKE FORM - Old Mission, Santana Formation - Ceara, Brazil

Fish alone is  30.5" in length x 10" high overall

$25,900     F106     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only

 

FINEST GRADE GIANT CRINOID FOSSIL SLAB LOADED WITH EXTINCT  SEA LILIES ON ORIGINAL PREHISTORIC OCEAN FLOOR MATRIX - South Morocco

48" x 43" overall

$39,500     CRI001     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

ONE OF ONLY FEW OF THIS TYPE KNOWN TO EXIST ULTRA RARE URALICHAS TRILOBITE CHASING A SELENOPELTIS TRILOBITE  - Elkaid Errami, South Morocco

20" x 11.75" with original matrix, Uralichas is 15" long, Selenopeltis is  3.5" long 

$24,500     TRX053     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only

 

ULTRA RARE ANATOTITAN HADROSAUR ARTICULATED VERTEBRAL COLUMN MOUNTED 'AS FOUND' WITH ALL ORIGINAL BONES FROM SINGLE DINOSAUR  - Hell Creek Formation - Montana, U.S.A.

61.5" x 37.5" overall, bones are 40" long overall

$24,500     DB7-013     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

 

MASSIVE SLAB OF LARGE ASAPHUS TRILOBITES IN NATURAL DEATH ASSEMBLAGE - Anti-Atlas Mountain Range, South Morocco

40" x 39" overall with matrix, trilobites range in lengths from 9" to 8"

$39,000     TRX-010     Actual Item - One Only

 

ULTRA RARE INVESTMENT GRADE GIANT SIZE ASPIDORHYNCHUS JURASSIC FISH ON LIMESTONE SLAB - Solnhofen Plattenkalk Formation - Eichstatt, Germany

51" in length x 33" high overall with fish 32.75" long

$28,900     F012     WITH ATTACHED STEEL WALL BRACKET     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

 

GIANT "EXTINCTION EVENT" CAMBRIAN FOSSIL WITH SEVEN LARGE SCIENTIFIC GRADE PARADOXIDES TRILOBITES - Jbel Afraou Formation - Anti-Atlas Mountain Range, South Morocco

56" long x 41" wide overall, trilobites range in length from 14.5" - 11" long

$19,500     TR1-044    Actual Item - One Only

 

LARGE ARTICULATED PARTIAL PLATECARPUS MOSASAUR SKELETON IN ORIGINAL MATRIX - Khouribga, Morocco

22" x 14" overall with original matrix

$2895     MOS002     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only

 

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE AND LARGE INTACT CRETACEOUS PTERODACTYL CLAW FROM POSSIBLY A NEW UNDESCRIBED SPECIES - Tegana Formation - Kem Kem Beds, Morocco

2" long along the curve x .25" high

$6995     DCX004     INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX     Actual Item - One Only

 

SHOCKING COLOR INVESTMENT GRADE SPINY DROTOPS ARMATUS TRILOBITE IN RAREST ORANGE AND RED COLOR WITH COMPLETELY EXPOSED SPINES - Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Trilobite is 6.5" long if straightened, on 5" x 3.7" overall original rock

$6895     TRX117     Actual Item - One Only

 

ARTIFACTS

 

EXCEPTIONAL LIFE-SIZE INTACT ANCIENT PRE-COLUMBIAN DEATH MASK OF HAMMERED TUMBAGA (GOLD COPPER ALLOY) FROM SOUTH AMERICA - South America

7" across x 4.15" high

$8495     PCX002     INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX     Actual Item - One Only

 

INVESTMENT SPECIMEN UNUSUALLY LARGE PRE-COLUMBIAN SERPENTINE STONE MASK OF LIFE-SIZE PROPORTIONS INTACT FROM MESOAMERICA - Central America

9.5" high x 8" wide x 1.5" thick

$44,500     PC089     INCLUDES CUSTOM STAND     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

MUSEUM SPECIMEN MASSIVE PRE-COLUMBIAN RITUAL STONE BALLGAME CEREMONIAL YOKE INTACT FROM MESOAMERICA - Central America

16" high x 12.5" wide x 4" thick

$17,500     PC088     INCLUDES CUSTOM STAND     Actual Item - One Only

 

 

RARE GIANT INTACT 30 INCH SACRED AFRICAN LOBI TRIBAL HUMAN SHRINE VESSEL -
Burkina Faso

30" overall height x 16" diameter

$5495     AF001     Actual Item - One Only

ARCHITECTURAL FOSSILS
 

 

JURASSIC PERIOD BROWN FOSSILIZED OCEAN FLOOR SLAB WITH ORIGINAL RIPPLE PATTERN - Eastern Europe

24" by 15" overall, 1.5" thick

$1750     FX010     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only  

 

 

JURASSIC PERIOD FOSSILIZED OCEAN FLOOR SLAB WITH ORIGINAL RIPPLE PATTERN - Eastern Europe

29" by 18" overall, 1.5" thick

$1250     FX006     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only  

 

 

JURASSIC PERIOD FOSSILIZED OCEAN FLOOR SLAB WITH ORIGINAL RIPPLE PATTERN - Eastern Europe

28" by 16.75" overall, 1.5" thick

$1750     FX001     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only  

 

 

JURASSIC PERIOD FOSSILIZED OCEAN FLOOR SLAB WITH ORIGINAL RIPPLE PATTERN - Eastern Europe

24" by 15 overall, 1.5-2" thick

$1850     FX004     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only  

 

 

JURASSIC PERIOD FOSSILIZED OCEAN FLOOR SLAB WITH ORIGINAL RIPPLE PATTERN - Eastern Europe

23" by 22" overall, 1.5-2" thick

$1850     FX003     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only  

 

 

JURASSIC PERIOD FOSSILIZED OCEAN FLOOR SLAB WITH ORIGINAL RIPPLE PATTERN - Eastern Europe

20" by 19 overall, 1.5-2" thick

$1750     FX005     INCLUDES STAND     Actual Item - One Only