SUPREMELY RARE 6 FOOT
COMPLETE GIANT PREHISTORIC AMPHIBIAN
ON ORIGINAL MATRIX
FROM BEFORE THE FIRST DINOSAURS
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.
For the ultimate in an
exhibition fossil that will remain in the minds of all these see it,
this giant, nearly 6 foot Sclerocephalus prehistoric amphibian
is easily one of the most impressive prehistoric apex predator fossil
specimens you will ever see. There are probably only about 10
specimens in this size class and completeness known throughout the world
with several of those permanently residing in the finest German museums.
We acquired this from the original private collector who dug the
specimen in the early 1980's when it was still legal to collect from the
deposit. It was never prepared until our subsequent acquisition
and preparation of the specimen in our lab. All anatomy you see
with only cracks filled. The layer the amphibian was found on was
multi-layered so the skeleton shows wonderfully high relief and
articulation. The entire skeleton is complete with even its heavy
armor plates still articulated. The skull is superb with perfectly
preserved eye orbits and nasal openings.
The pose is perfect, as if
this giant killer is dancing beneath black, still waters, across the
muddy bottom of the swamp in graceful pursuit of its next victim.
The limbs and their
related bones are very well-preserved and in an amazing state of
This is one of the most
impressive specimens we have ever had the pleasure of preparing.
The work was entirely performed with delicate manual techniques.
After 1.5 years of effort, we are proud to finally have it completed and
presented here, ready for delivery. The matrix is reinforced with
fiberglass resin and internal supports and weighs several hundred
pounds. Slab thickness varies from approximately 1.5" to 2' in
Fine grade fossils of Sclerocephalus
IN ANY SIZE are
extremely rare and of
great interest and demand to advanced collectors.
Examples of this creature are not common and typically measure a
fraction of this behemoth specimen. This is such a rare and
visually remarkable fossil with unusual high skeletal relief in the way
we prepared it that it would be a perfect candidate for casting
reproductions for museum or private buyers.
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
Where the work "museum
grade" or "world class" is often overused, this specimen is truly one
that only a few museums in the world have in their collection. It
is probably accurate to say that there is not a specimen of this size
with this complete preservation in any museum in North America. The articulation and completeness of the
amphibian is rarely seen even in small common sizes a fraction of this
length! The preservation of
soft body tissue from this species dates back to 280 million years ago
which is utterly amazing.
Sclerocephalus was one of
the apex predators of the Permian swamps of what is now southwest
Germany. It would be accurate to say this was
THE T. REX OF THE PERMIAN
SWAMP! 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-several-lifetimes opportunity to acquire a COMPLETE
GIANT PREHISTORIC SKELETON OF IMPECCABLE PRESERVATION. This
creature was one of the top macro-fauna of this
RAREST OF RARE!!! ONLY ABOUT
10 SPECIMENS THIS SIZE CLASS ARE KNOWN, SEVERAL OF THOSE PERMANENTLY
RESIDING IN GERMAN MUSEUM COLLECTIONS - THIS SPECIMEN RIVALS ALL KNOWN
EXAMPLES AND FEATURES UNUSUALLY HIGH RELIEF AND RARE PRESERVED
ANATOMICAL DETAIL RIGHT DOWN TO A RECTALLY ARTICULATED COPROLITE STILL
IN PLACE ON THE AMPHIBIAN
A NEARLY 6 FOOT APEX
BEFORE THE FIRST DINOSAURS
THE T. REX OF THE PERMIAN SWAMP!!!
ULTRA RARE PRESERVATION
AND COMPLETE - IMPOSSIBLE TO IMPROVE OR UPGRADE
- BEYOND INVESTMENT
x 39.25" overall on original matrix slab, amphibian is 69" in length if straightened
Item - One Only
Comes with a certificate of authenticity / information sheet