MESSEL PIT VERTEBRATES
For finely preserved, rare and amazing fish, birds, bats and other vertebrates from this world famous MIddle Eocene site, mounted in resin matrix in the time honoured way
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If you are a fieldwork collector and have surplus trilobites or other Palaeozoic fossils for sale or trade, please get in touch. I buy whole collections too!
Offered is a very rare item from the Upper Devonian, early Famennian of Jebel El Mrakib, Maeder Region, Morocco; an essentially complete 14.5cm X 8cm dorsal shield of the aberrent armoured Placoderm Titanichthys termeri Lehman, 1954.
Both eye sockets and internal orbits are evident and the right orbit is perfect. The specimen has retained much of its original convexity and high relief . Preparation is local and of a good standard, but could be improved with modern air tools............
This shallow water species lacks the sharp cutting edges to the oral opening that typify other species from this locality, and it probably existed as a filter feeder rather than a predator. Headshields have been found suggesting that this species grew to a length exceeding two meters.
Matrix approx. 17cm X 8cm X 8m
Although I sell a very wide range of fossils from Pre- Cambrian to Pleistocene age, I specialize in trilobites from all over the globe and in particular, British species.
I collect regularly in the UK, with more than forty five years of fieldwork experience and probably the best working knowledge of British trilobite localities. I have a doctorate and a masters degree in trilobite taxonomy and British Palaeozoic stratigraphy and an Open University degree in Natural Sciences.
If you are an amateur collector, a more serious scientific collector, or an agent for an educational organization ( e.g College, University or Museum), I can supply materials to suit your needs! I also buy whole collections and trade materials too. Visits are welcome,by appointment only.
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