GIANT SCLEROCEPHALUS PERMIAN AMPHIBIAN ON ORIGINAL MATRIX
PERIOD: 280 million years ago
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 rare German Permian fossils are sure to
appreciate in value and become increasingly difficult to acquire.
haeuseri is a type of amphibian that once
inhabited the Permian swamps of what is now Southwest Germany.
Fine grade fossils of Sclerocephalus haeuseri are
extremely rare and of
great interest and demand to advanced collectors.
There are companies that offer reproductions of some amazing fossils,
including casts of Sclerocephalus haeuseri. Those cast
companies look for original fossils of the highest quality to make
reproductions of. This
100% AUTHENTIC specimen
exceeds in quality and preservation many of the original fossils we have
seen reproductions have been made from! If you know fossils from
this creature, then you will already understand the fantastic
opportunity that is presented here with this example. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY RARE
SIZE IN THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE DEGREE OF PRESERVATION AND COMPLETENESS.
Specimens of this nature define and establish the reputation of the
owner / exhibiter and set the bar for truly magnificent collections of
Since the deposit has
since been closed to collecting, locating an exceptional specimen on the
market has become quite difficult. In the rare instance one does
become available for sale, they are usually partial body specimens or
with fair to poor natural preservation. This spectacular example
has not only COMPLETE skeletal remains present but the outline of the
soft body is preserved in the rock. The rock matrix is the
original Permian shale in which this prize monster fossil amphibian was
found in. There is no compositing or carving of bones. All
limbs are visible with heavy, protruding preservation to individual
bones. The skull exhibits very high relief off all hard bone
plates and a fantastic eye orbits that go deep down into the skull with
removed matrix. You can see rare instances of bones in the body
and limbs including finger digits, ribs, vertebrae and most amazing, ALL
SOFT BODY TISSUE HAS BEEN PRESERVED AND IS VISIBLE IN DETAIL.
NO FABRICATION OR CARVING OF BONES
has been performed. The amphibian has not been artificially
recreated with paint as is most common with these types of fossils.
Only the fossilized portions of natural origin were sealed with a
reversible preservative in order to protect the fragile nature of the
detail is three dimensional and 100% GENUINE!
Where the work "museum
grade" or "world class" is often overused, this specimen is truly one
that would easily match or even EXCEED what many museums might have in
their collection. The articulation and completeness of the
amphibian is not often seen in this quality. The preservation of
soft body tissue from this species dates back to 280 million years ago
which is quite impressive.
Sclerocephalus was one of
the apex predators of the Permian swamps of what is now southwest
Germany. These amphibians could attain lengths as large as an
adult human but most fossils are of examples less than 12 inches long.
These monsters thrived during a time before the first dinosaur walked
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire an impeccable and
complete Permian vertebrate fossil of one of the top macro-fauna of this
The entire back of the
slab has been reinforced with fiberglass and has a built-in hanger
safely attached for displaying on a wall in a vertical manner as shown
in the first photo.
EXTREMELY RARE, MONSTROUSLY LARGE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE AMPHIBIAN FROM
BEFORE THE FIRST DINOSAURS!
ULTRA RARE PRESERVATION
AND COMPLETE - IMPOSSIBLE TO IMPROVE OR UPGRADE
- BEYOND INVESTMENT
x 22" overall on original matrix slab, amphibian is 31" in length if straightened
Item - One Only