MUSEUM SHOWPIECE ULTRA-RARE
GIANT PERMIAN AMPHIBIAN WITH ORIGINAL ASSOCIATED BABY AS FOUND AND LARGE
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.
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.
Acquired from a large
collection of PRE-BAN, unprepared specimens, this remarkable piece was
wholly prepared by us in our lab facility so we can say with certainty
that this is truly an authentic adult and juvenile NATURAL association
as it was originally found. Having handled numerous rare specimens
of this amphibian, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE WITNESSED A GENUINE
ADULT / BABY NATURAL ASSOCIATION PIECE. In general, most fossils
that show multiple examples on a single plate are artificial composites
of separately found pieces attached together to make an aesthetic
display piece. Contrary to the norm, these amphibians were FOUND
IN THIS POSE ORIGINALLY TOGETHER. Such an occurrence of fossil
evidence showing what appears to be an actual parent / child protective
death pose sheds intriguing light into the behavior of these primitive
giant prehistoric salamanders. The location of the baby is exactly
where a parent animal would keep its young to protect and shield it from
Bone and soft tissue
preservation is of the finest condition with extremely high,
three-dimensional detail as seen in the above photos. Lifelike
articulation is EXTREMELY RARE with both amphibians being complete and
still in their living positions prior to burial. A complete plant
branch with stem adds to the supreme beauty of this piece and the fossil
of the branch alone would be a rare specimen of itself but the inclusion
here added to the plate of the giant amphibian and baby makes this
truly, a museum showpiece.
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY RARE
SIZE IN THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE DEGREE OF PRESERVATION AND COMPLETENESS.
The fact that this is a
association of an adult and juvenile amphibian in a seemingly protective
pose displaying prehistoric animal behavior makes this an important
scientific fossil as much as it is fascinating to look at.
Specimens of this nature define and establish the reputation of the
owner / exhibiter and set the bar for truly magnificent collections of
Since the deposit has
since been closed to collecting since 1986, locating an exceptional specimen
of substantial size and fine natural preservation on the
market has become quite difficult. Heavily restored and fabricated
examples do exist and circulate the public market from time to time.
In all cases, the owners do not have specific knowledge of the piece's
preparation so cannot fully understand the nature of how they are
fabricated. Since we prepared this piece ourselves, we have privy
to these details. 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. 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. Only the fossilized portions of natural origin were sealed with a
reversible preservative in order to protect the fragile nature of the
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
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
The entire back of the
slab has been reinforced with fiberglass and can be safely handled or
mounted on a wall should the buyer wish to have a custom frame made.
ULTRA RARE, GIANT
PREHISTORIC SALAMANDER WITH ORIGINAL BABY AND LARGE PLANT BRANCH FROM
BEFORE THE FIRST DINOSAURS!
FINEST 3D PRESERVATION
AND COMPLETE - IMPOSSIBLE TO IMPROVE
- FIRST ORIGINAL (NON-COMPOSITE) ADULT & BABY SPECIMEN WE'VE SEEN!
42" x 39" overall on
original matrix slab, amphibian is 44" in length if straightened
Actual Item - One Only