PERFECT LARGE PERMIAN AMPHIBIAN SKULL IMPRESSION WITH ASSOCIATED LOWER
JAWS ON MATRIX
PERIOD: 280 million years ago
The current laws in
this region of Germany have forbid the collection of these remarkable
fossils since 1986. 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 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.
This spectacular example
fossil is of an impression of a fossil skull of a large Sclerocephalus haeuseri
with associated jaws and teeth. Some remnants of the fossil bone
remain in this negative impression of the skull with the actual
fossilized jaws present and disarticulated on each side in the matrix.
Fossils of this creature are not common with most specimens of much
smaller examples. A skull of this size would have come from a very
large amphibian. The most minute details are beautifully preserved
in the original matrix. Even the needle-sharp teeth can be seen in
one jaw. Color is natural with only a light clear consolidant
applied to the fossil to protect and stabilize its fragile condition.
NO FABRICATION OR CARVING AND PAINTING OF BONES
has been performed which is a common but typically not disclosed
practice with many amphibian fossils. 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 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, LARGE EXAMPLE OF THIS SCARCE AMPHIBIAN FROM
BEFORE THE FIRST DINOSAURS!
x 8.5" overall on original matrix slab, amphibian head is 3.65" long
by 3.5" wide
Item - One Only