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HEAD AND NUMEROUS BONES PROTRUDE OFF THE MATRIX IN A RARE THREE DIMENSIONAL PRESERVED STATE

ORIGINAL LIMB ELEMENTS

ULTRA-RARE SOFT BODY TISSUE IS INTACT AND PRESERVED THROUGHOUT AS SHOWN ABOVE!

MUSEUM SHOWPIECE ULTRA-RARE GIANT SCLEROCEPHALUS PERMIAN AMPHIBIAN ON ORIGINAL MATRIX

Pfalz, Germany

PERMIAN PERIOD:  280 million years ago

 

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 rare German Permian fossils are sure to appreciate in value and become increasingly difficult to acquire.

Sclerocephalus 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 international importance.

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 fossil.  All 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 the planet.  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 era.

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.  

AN 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 CLASS!

35.75" x 22" overall on original matrix slab, amphibian is 31" in length if straightened

SOLD     AMPH009     Actual Item - One Only

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