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FINEST GRADE PERMIAN SCLEROCEPHALUS AMPHIBIAN WITH RARE SKELETAL DETAIL AND SOFT BODY TISSUE ON 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 along the caliber of this example are rare and of great interest and demand to advanced collectors.  This specimen shows rare complete preservation of not only all bones but even soft body tissue in all the areas you see the darkened regions.  The fossil transcended two different layers and the lower part can be seen near the near the end of the tail where a line of a separate layer passes through.  Only on this end of the tail did we darken the region to match the better preservation that is natural to the rest of the body.  Other than that, there is no other restoration.  All bone plates in the skull, natural eye openings and even teeth are plainly visible.  Since the deposit has since been closed to collecting, locating an exceptional specimen on the market has become quite difficult so an example like this is a unique offer.  You can see rare instances of bones in the body and limbs including finger digits.  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. 

A TRUE MUSEUM GRADE EXAMPLE WITH FULL SKELETAL DETAIL AND SOFT TISSUE PRESERVATION

9" x 6.4" overall on matrix slab, amphibian is 4.75" in length

SOLD     AMPH035     STAND INCLUDED     Actual Item - One Only

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