SPECIAL NOTE: The laws in this region of Germany have forbid the collection of these remarkable fossils since 1986. 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 German Permian fossils are sure to appreciate in value and become increasingly difficult to acquire.
From a famous region known for white fossil fish on dark gray slate, the Permian deposits if Niederkirchen are legendary but have long been closed and protected from private collecting, for many decades. This spectacular fossil Paramblypterus duvernoyi fish is a prime example of why this deposit was so famous. The impeccable preservation displays every delicate ray of all the fins, as well as the unique scale pattern to its finest condition. THIS IS NOT A NEGATIVE IMPRESSION BUT A FULL COMPLETE POSITIVE FOSSILIZED FISH WITH ALL PRESERVED BODY PARTS ON ORIGINAL ROCK.
The back is reinforced with epoxy and the rock plate is thick and very multi-dimensional at approximately 1-1.25" thick overall.
The Paramblypterus fish was a primitive osteichthyan (bony fish) and a member of the actinopterygians or ray-finned fish. Now extinct, Paramblypterus duvernoyi possessed some very primitive features, most notably, its shark-like tail with a fleshy upper lobe. To put in perspective just how old the Paramblypterus is, these primitive fish were around well before the very first dinosaurs!