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 partial bird : Messelornis cristata, an extinct rail and a relative of gallinules and coots, preserved in very fine detail, including one complete articulated limb with tarsals and claws.
The specimen is preserved in approximate lateral compression; the articulated limb shows the femur, knee joint; fused tibia and fibula and elongated bones of the ankle and a superb articulated foot with individual phalanges and claws.
The pelvis and part of the spine is intact and the sternum is clearly seen, associated with a fine articulated wing. The second limb is present but displaced and dis-articulated, with the other ankle and foot, equally well preserved and detailed, at the top of the specimen.
Altogether a fascinating legacy of Eocene life at an affordable price!
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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