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.
For the ultimate in an exhibition fossil that will remain in the minds of all these see it, this giant, nearly 6 foot Sclerocephalus prehistoric amphibian is easily one of the most impressive prehistoric apex predator fossil specimens you will ever see. There are probably less than 5 Sclerocephalus fossils ever found, of this size class and completeness, with this specimen being the largest and only one with a side pose. We acquired this from the original private collector who dug the specimen in the early 1980's when it was still legal to collect from the deposit. It was never prepared until our subsequent acquisition and preparation of the specimen in our lab. All anatomy you see above is 100% AUTHENTIC with only cracks filled. The layer the amphibian was found on was multi-layered so the skeleton shows wonderfully high relief and articulation. The entire skeleton is complete with even its heavy armor plates still articulated. The skull is superb with perfectly preserved eye orbits and nasal openings. The pose is perfect, as if this giant killer is dancing beneath black, still waters, across the muddy bottom of the swamp in graceful pursuit of its next victim. The limbs and their related bones are very well-preserved and in an amazing state of completeness.
This is one of the most impressive specimens we have ever had the pleasure of preparing. The work was entirely performed with delicate manual techniques. After 1.5 years of effort, we are proud to finally have it completed and presented here, ready for delivery. The matrix is reinforced with fiberglass resin and internal supports and weighs several hundred pounds. Slab thickness varies from approximately 1.5" to 2' in thickness.
Fine grade fossils of Sclerocephalus IN ANY SIZE are extremely rare and of great interest and demand to advanced collectors. Examples of this creature are not common and typically measure a fraction of this behemoth specimen. This is such a rare and visually remarkable fossil with unusual high skeletal relief in the way we prepared it that it would be a perfect candidate for casting reproductions for museum or private buyers. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY RARE SIZE IN THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE DEGREE OF PRESERVATION AND COMPLETENESS. Specimens of this nature define and establish the reputation of the owner / exhibitor and set the bar for truly magnificent collections of international importance.
Where the work "museum grade" or "world class" is often overused, this specimen is truly one that only a few museums in the world have in their collection. It is probably accurate to say that there is not a specimen of this size with this complete preservation in any museum in North America. The articulation and completeness of the amphibian is rarely seen even in small common sizes a fraction of this length! The preservation of soft body tissue from this species dates back to 280 million years ago which is utterly amazing.
Sclerocephalus was one of the apex predators of the Permian swamps of what is now southwest Germany. It would be accurate to say this was THE T. REX OF THE PERMIAN SWAMP! 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 the planet. This is a once-in-several-lifetimes opportunity to acquire a COMPLETE GIANT PREHISTORIC SKELETON OF IMPECCABLE PRESERVATION. This creature was one of the top macro-fauna of this era.
RAREST OF RARE!!! ONLY ABOUT 5SPECIMENS THIS SIZE CLASS ARE KNOWN, SEVERAL OF THOSE PERMANENTLY RESIDING IN GERMAN MUSEUM COLLECTIONS - THIS SPECIMEN RIVALS ALL KNOWN EXAMPLES AND FEATURES UNUSUALLY HIGH RELIEF AND RARE PRESERVED ANATOMICAL DETAIL RIGHT DOWN TO A RECTALLY ARTICULATED COPROLITE STILL IN PLACE ON THE AMPHIBIAN!
A NEARLY 6 FOOT APEX PREDATOR FROM BEFORE THE FIRST DINOSAURS THE T. REX OF THE PERMIAN SWAMP!!!
ULTRA RARE PRESERVATION AND COMPLETE - IMPOSSIBLE TO IMPROVE OR UPGRADE - BEYOND INVESTMENT CLASS!
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