PEDESTRIS AMPHIBIAN -
Kusel, Pfalz, Germany
PERIOD: 280 million years ago
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!The entire body is plainly visible as are the legs (left forelimb folded
against body) and skull. The speckled area in the dark impression is 100% genuine and
natural and is a rare exhibit of the fossilization of 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 excellent
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.
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.
AND COMPLETE WITH FULL BODY SOFT TISSUE REMAINS INTACT!
x 3.5", creature 2.75" in length"
Item - One Only