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HIGHLIGHTED BOX ABOVE SHOWS WELL-DEFINED FOSSIL TEETH IN THE JAW

IMPECCABLE SKULL DETAIL CAN BE SEEN WITH A CLEARLY DEFINED OPENING BEHIND THE EYES THAT ONCE SERVED AS THE SENSOR FOR THIS AMPHIBIAN'S PHOTORECEPTOR ORGAN, HIGHLIGHTED BELOW

RARE PERFECT LARGE PERMIAN AMPHIBIAN SKULL IMPRESSION WITH ASSOCIATED LOWER JAWS ON MATRIX

Pfalz, Germany

PERMIAN PERIOD:  280 million years ago

 

SPECIAL NOTE:  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.

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

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 planet. 

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, LARGE EXAMPLE OF THIS SCARCE AMPHIBIAN FROM BEFORE THE FIRST DINOSAURS!

11" x 8.5" overall on original matrix slab, amphibian head is 3.65" long by 3.5" wide

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