RARE INVESTMENT GRADE GIANT SIZE
ASPIDORHYNCHUS JURASSIC FISH ON LIMESTONE SLAB
Formation - Eichstatt, Germany
PERIOD: 160 million years ago
for producing an astonishing diversity of rare and most intricately
preserved fossils found anywhere in the world, the Jurassic lithographic
limestone deposits of southern Germany are legendary. Quarries in
the region are privately held and mostly worked by hand on a small
scale. The finest grade fossils are few and far between and much
rock must be split to locate them. The best fossils are most often
kept by the quarry owners who themselves, are often collectors.
Some quarries are operated on a large scale but these are now dug with
machinery instead of manual labor. Because of this the rock is
damaged and along with it, the rare fossils. What all this means
today is that even fewer fine grade Solnhofen fossils are found and when
they are, rarely do the best pieces make it to market.
Occasionally, an old private collection surfaces and specimens are sold
or traded. This is where the rare opportunity comes along to
acquire a specimen on a level that truly is a prize find.
Typically, the older material is often the best as it was collected when
the deposits were first being worked and quality was in greater
light of all this, we are most pleased to be able to offer an investment
level specimen that will surely appreciate over time. But, unlike
most investments, this amazing and massive fish fossil can be enjoyed
and treasured in a most visually astounding presentation. This is
a fossil of the Jurassic fish Aspidorhynchus acutirostris.
It is an ULTRA RARE
specimen for several
reasons. Foremost, it is
THE LARGEST EXAMPLE we have
measuring a substantial proportion MORE than the largest typical sizes
found. On average, the upper range in length of these fish was
from 20" to 24". This monster measures a whopping 32.75"! It
comes from a collection that dates back over 35 years ago when this fish
was first excavated. One of our partners who has lived in Bavaria
where these fossils are found and has over 25 years of intensive
experience with specimens from the quarries stated that he never saw a
true complete Aspidorhynchus of this length! While in the
past, we have offered this species in the largest typical sizes, never
before have we too, ever seen an example of this dimension.
not only is this Aspidorhynchus rare in size - its
100% COMPLETE possessing the
FINEST POSSIBLE PRESERVATION AND DETAIL.
Every unique feature of the anatomy of this species can be seen.
The long bill of the fish is intact with teeth, deep eye orbit and all
skull armor and scale detail. Every fin is well preserved.
When excavated, a crack ran diagonal from the dorsal tip of the caudal
fin across the distal portion of the tail. This crack has been
filled with very minor restoration but aside from this, not a single
millimeter of the rest of the fish has any repair or restoration.
THE COLOR IS 100%
NATURAL AND GENUINE
and shows in a beautiful naturally glossy honey golden yellow. The
thick intact fossilized scales are responsible for the wonderful natural
fossil's detail can be attributed to the meticulous MANUAL HAND
PREPARATION in the manner that museum fossils were prepared a hundred
years ago. Since no air abrasives or blasters were
used, the entire surface of the surrounding limestone is in a beautiful and
very natural state - highly aesthetic with stunning natural
colored banding in the rock!
limestone slab is heavy with an approximate average thickness of 1.75".
The entire reverse side has been reinforced with epoxy resin and
fiberglass and a custom fabricated steel mounting brace has been
attached to the back and allows this large slab to be safely hung on a
wall that is structurally sound. Special crating and trucking fees
It is important to first emphasize that ALL the detail
you see across the entire fish IS GENUINE unlike the plethora of fish
fossils from the United States (Green River - Wyoming) and Lebanon where much of
the "fossil" is painted on the rock by skilled artisans.
Most noteworthy and exceptional is the complete array of bizarre
rectangular enameloid plate scales that this species possessed,
perfectly preserved in the finest state possible! Because the
Aspidorhynchus was a long and slender fish, most fossil examples show
the animal to have been twisted or disarticulated during burial making
for a less than aesthetic specimen. Not so with this Aspidorhynchus. You could not ask for a nicer and more beautiful
type with all fins complete and body naturally and fully extended.
offer of this rare Jurassic fish fossil presents a truly
once-in-a-lifetime chance for a museum, corporation or executive home to
house and display
an uncommonly large
fish fossil that deserves a public exhibition.
the largest dinosaurs that ever walked the earth, as well as massive
marine reptiles, were in existence when Aspidorhynchus swam in the ancient seas!
Aspidorhynchus acutirostris first inhabited the ancient Jurassic seas two hundred million years
ago. This fish is a member of an extinct group of bony fishes
called Aspidorhynchids (meaning "shield snout"). Key features that set them apart from
other teleosts include a very elongated body and snout with large
vertically running rectangular scales along the flanks. Surviving
from the Early Jurassic to the Eocene Period, Aspidorhynchids were
marine dwelling fish that later evolved to tolerate freshwater by the
Late Cretaceous. Their long snouts were lined with extremely sharp
teeth. Their slender body profile and the fact that the upper jaw
bones were immobile preventing the fish from inhaling their prey,
suggest that Aspidorhynchus was designed to be a predator, and a quick
one at that! Fossil stomach remains of other fish have been found
in specimens of Aspidorhynchus. Long and delicate gill rakers
indicate that this fish was also able to filter feed to supplement its
remarkable prehistoric fish fossil comes with our absolute highest
recommendation and will surely prove to be a cornerstone specimen in any
of the world's most impressive fossil displays, either public or
THE LARGEST AND FINEST, COMPLETE EXAMPLE WE'VE KNOWN - 40% LARGER THAN
MAXIMUM TYPICAL LENGTHS!
COLLECTED OVER 35 YEARS AGO AND CONSIDERED A SUPREME RARITY EVEN THEN!
MEMORABLE CENTERPIECE FOR THE MOST DISTINGUISHED INTERIORS, CORPORATE
SETTINGS OR MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
in length x 33" high overall with fish 32.75" long
F012 WITH ATTACHED STEEL
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