ULTRA RARE 16 INCH
SEA SCORPION EURYPTERID FOSSIL FROM THE DEVONIAN PERIOD OF GERMANY
DEVONIAN (EMSIAN) PERIOD: 407 - 397.5 million years ago
While Silurian Period
eurypterid fossils are readily available on the fossil market,
DEVONIAN Period specimens are NOT. This is
not only a chance to acquire an
UNUSUALLY LARGE AND COMPLETE
example from the Devonian Period but, also a chance to acquire one from
an extremely rare source in Europe. Fossils like these are so
rare they are cannot be commercially mined like the New York varieties.
The collection we offer this specimen came from a single individual who
dug them back in the early 1980's when it was still legal to collect
these fossils. Several years ago, we purchased that lifetime
collection. This is one of only six specimens acquired direct from that
original collector and once we sell out of these, we will never
have anything like this again as the site has
been closed for quite some time, reserved only for scientific study and
access. Of the entire collection we purchased,
EUR001 seen here,
was the largest followed by this one as the second largest.
If you know Eurypterid fossils, you will immediately see the rarity in
that this is a prize piece in such a size and completeness.
The fossils from this region are not found with the same quality of
preservation and detail as the Silurian examples from New York, USA.
Whether the age is a factor or the geological conditions of the site,
the fossils are preserved in basic outline form with natural orange and
brown colors. The detail seen in New York Silurian specimens was
never found in the material collected at this discovery site in Germany.
Nevertheless, these Germany Devonian eurypterid fossils are far more
rare as they are. Even compared to New York Silurian specimens,
the one shown above at 16 inches in length, is a WORLD PRIZE FIND for
being this size AND for being complete.
EXCEEDING a length that is TRIPLE the average length
for these creatures, this is quite a remarkable specimen. This complete prehistoric
EURYPTERID (otherwise known as a SEA SCORPION) is of the
ADELOPTHALMIDAE group of eurypterids from the Early Devonian
deposits of Europe. It is shown in 100% natural form on the
original rock it was found on. The surrounding matrix was ground
away and the fossil was sealed with a stabilizer to protect its delicate
natural three-dimensional features such as areas of original carapace
layers and natural colors of orange, yellow and brown. The
close-up images show a fossilized original
carapace in bright pumpkin orange and gold hues. Body and some
faint appendage segments can also be seen.
No words can emphasize the
sheer rarity of this specimen. It cannot be compared to any of the
common North American specimens, in any way. If you wish to
exhibit an ULTRA-RARE West European specimen from the Devonian, and one
with substantial size and great preservation, this is a chance that will
not come again. Outside of this small collection we acquired, we
have only seen one other example from Germany for sale.
Collected several decades ago when it was legal to dig in the deposit
(long since closed and protected by the Germany government) and recently
prepared in our lab, this is a complete Early Devonian
fossil of a sea scorpion too rare to be accurately attributed to a
specific species other than attributed to the family of
Adelopthalmidae, due to the scarcity of known specimens.
NO FABRICATION OR RESTORATION.
Eurypterids are fascinating fossils and represent what many to believe
to be the first life-forms that progressed out of water onto dry land.
This fossil represents
a scientific keystone in the progression and variety of Earth's
life-forms and natural history and would surely be an important
inventory specimen in ANY collection.
For trilobite or other
fossil arthropod collections, this would definitely be one of the
central specimens of visitor interest in a public or private forum.
EURYPTERIDS or SEA SCORPIONS
were aquatic arthropods that were highly efficient predators predating
the most primitive fishes. The largest known arthropods to have
ever lived were eurypterids. Eurypterids are believed to have
possibly had dual breathing capabilities in order to allow them to live
in water and also venture for short
periods of time onto dry land. Eurypterids are also scientifically
interesting fossils because they are believed to be related to a
found in Cambrian strata dating from
510 million years ago
demonstrating the first evidence of creatures emerging from water
to walk on land.
All eurypterids are extinct
and their fossil remains are found in deposits ranging from the
Ordovician Period to the Permian Period. Eurypterids are
crustacean-like creatures that had a chitinous exoskeleton similar to
trilobites. Also similar to trilobites, eurypterids are made up of
three fundamental regions - a head (CEPHALON or PROSOMA), a body
(ABDOMEN or OPISTHOSOMA) and a tail spike (TELSON or TERMINAL METASOMA).
The upper body and head are often combined in terminology to be called a
CEPHALOTHORAX and the main body called an ABDOMEN.
Eurypterids have compound
eyes and typically had six pairs of appendages found near the head.
The first pair were claws (although some varieties lacked claws),
followed by four pairs of walking legs and finally, a pair of swimming
appendages (also lacking in some varieties). Some types achieved
lengths of 2.5 meters but most were between 10 to 12 cm long.
RARE IN THIS SIZE
AND THE SECOND LARGEST SIZE FOUND NEXT TO EUR001 - MORE THAN
THE TYPICAL LENGTHS FOUND
20" by 16" overall with
rock plate, eurypterid is 16" in length if straightened
$3995 EUR006 Actual
Item - One Only
Comes with a certificate of authenticity / information sheet