PLEISTOCENE FOSSIL GIANT ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE SKULL WITH ORIGINAL
Suwannee River - Florida, U.S.A.
PLEISTOCENE PERIOD: 1.8 million years ago
The T. rex of freshwater turtles, the Alligator Snapping turtle,
Macroclemys temminckii, unique to southeastern North America,
lived in prehistory during the final Ice Age and beyond,
surviving extinction at the end of the Pleistocene Period. Fossils
of this terrifying looking giant freshwater turtle can be found but they
are almost always isolated fragments. Complete or near complete
prehistoric fossil skulls of
Macroclemys temminckii are
and the discovery of such is a very rare lifetime achievement for a
fossil hunter. Of special note to museums and highly advanced
private collectors, we offer a VERY unusual and rare specimen of a
nearly complete skull WITH ITS ORIGINAL LOWER JAW of a giant
prehistoric Alligator Snapping turtle for consideration. Being a
Florida-based supplier and seeing a good array of rare vertebrate North
American fossils first-hand, even to us, this is an
discovery and this
specimen can best be summed up as FAR BEYOND the rarity of most
fossil reptile skulls.
This has certainly got to be one of the meanest and most intimidating-looking
turtles that has ever lived with its heavy body ornamentation and
elaborate armoring of its shell. Even today, the bizarre species is
protected by several national and international laws so securing even a
modern skull is very difficult but the discovery and acquisition of a complete skull
with its original lower jaw of a PREHISTORIC FOSSIL Alligator Snapping
Turtle, this is truly a VERY RARE ACQUISITION. Since this is a
FOSSIL skull from a prehistoric Alligator Snapping turtle, not modern
remains, it can be legally shipped anywhere in the world and is not
regulated by any bans on modern specimens.
Secured from the original diver who found this extraordinary discovery
embedded in a Pleistocene fossil peat bed deposit in the Suwannee River
many years ago, this specimen resided in his personal collection since
that time until now. It is so rare to be found in this condition
and state of completeness with the original lower jaw that any and all
attempts to restore the small back portion of the skull was declined so
THIS SKULL CAN BOAST OF NOT HAVING A SINGLE BIT OF RESTORATION OR
FABRICATION DONE TO IT.
Only work done was very minor repair to a couple of fractures and the treatment
of consolidant to the bone to increase its durability for handling.
Clearly, this turtle was the T. rex of the freshwater shallows of
southeastern North America's final Ice Age. The anatomy of this
impeccably preserved specimen is one of a very capable and LARGE
amphibious predator! Bone detail and very fragile anatomy is
intact in otherwise never seen degrees of completeness. There
would have been a back portion of the skull process that if present,
would have made this skull easily a 10+ inch long monster! Of the
very limited number of complete FOSSIL Snapping turtle
skulls that are known, even fewer are from the Alligator Snapping turtle
since its range in life was less than the regular Snapping turtle's
domain range. A
fossil skull such as this is every bit as rare if not rarer than
as a dinosaur skull even though the price does not reflect that rarity.
Of ANY turtle fossil, it would be very hard to find a more visually
impressive and intimidating specimen as this with its sinister
appearance and exceptionally large proportions.
Today, museums strive to
showcase pieces that are not only rare, but are also exciting and
impressive for the public to see.
This specimen is BOTH -
EXTREMELY RARE AND EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE TO SEE!
As a spectacular
candidate for a public exhibition on prehistoric reptiles OTHER THAN
DINOSAURS, this would be a MUST HAVE specimen. A true natural
history prize acquisition that has
NO RESTORATION OR FABRICATION and is WITH THE ORIGINAL MANDIBLE FOUND
WITH THE SKULL.
Macroclemys temminckii, or
Alligator Snapping turtle is
a species of the Macroclemys genus. The genus includes
three species: the extant
Macroclemys temminckii, the extinct Macroclemys
schmidti and the extinct Macroclemys auffenbergi.
M. schmidti is described from the early middle Miocene of
Nebraska and M. auffenbergi from the middle Pliocene of Florida.
This species dates back to prehistory but has survived the end of North
America's last Ice Age. Today, the Alligator Snapping Turtle is found only in North
America, predominantly in the warm southeastern states.
Alligator Snapping turtle can grow to large proportions with average
full-grown weights around 175 pounds and a shell 26 inches long.
Weight have been recorded at over 200 pounds. It is the largest
freshwater turtle living in North America today.
Their shell is made up of a series of pointed, heavy plates giving them
the appearance of an armored dinosaur. These turtles are
carnivores and scavengers, eating almost anything that comes their way.
Unique only to the Alligator Snapping Turtle, their mouths are camouflaged inside and they employ a worm-like
appendage that is used like a lure to attract small animals like fish,
near their jaws where upon the turtle can bite down with extreme speed
and force for a quick kill. The Alligator Snapping turtle
has a very powerful set of jaws and one can easily and quickly lose a
finger in careless handling of this primitive creature.
AND VICIOUS GIANT FOSSIL TURTLE SKULLS WE HAVE
SEEN FROM THE T. REX OF TURTLES!!!
7" in length (over
10" long with back process) x 7" wide overall
Item - One Only