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APATEON PEDESTRIS AMPHIBIAN - Kusel, Pfalz, Germany

PERMIAN PERIOD:  280 million years ago

This fossil is a choice grade specimen of Apateon pedestris, a type of branchiosaur that once inhabited the Permian swamps of what is now Kusel, Germany.  It is natural with no restoration of any body parts!  Much of the original skeleton including the skull is still present in the rock.  Through the clear preservant that has been applied to protect the specimen, a dark region that follows the lines of the original body can be seen just behind the head and running all the way just posterior to the pelvis with scattered areas that follow the tail.  This slightly darker area well within the outline of the clear preservant is original soft body parts that have left an impression in the rock.  Such a feature is extremely rare and highly valued in fossils as original soft tissue is seldom seen preserved in any specimen!  This example represents a fantastic 'top down' view of the creature and exhibits wonderful articulation.

 


SPECIAL NOTE:  The current laws in this region of Germany now forbid the collection of these remarkable fossils.  Such legislation has permanently ended the supply of such magnificent specimens such as this one being offered here.  This rare example comes from an old German private collection and was collected long ago before the ban was enacted.  With digging in the formation now off-limits, these German Permian fossils are sure to appreciate in value and become increasingly difficult to acquire.


This small prehistoric amphibian had a long tail that was very deep and laterally compressed like an exaggerated tadpole tail.  Also, to aid in the hydrodynamics of the creature's build, the head was very wide and flat.  On each side of the head, external gills, like miniature peacock feathers, protruded and enabled the amphibian to breathe under water indefinitely.  Beyond that, very little is known in science regarding these creatures.

AN EXTREMELY RARE, CHOICE FOSSIL FOR THE COLLECTOR OF THE UNUSUAL

6.3" x 4", creature 2.25" in length if straightened

SOLD     MV28001     STAND INCLUDED     Actual Item - One Only

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