8.1" Permian Amphibian (Micromelerpeton) - Skin Preservation

The fossil beds of Pfalz in south-western Germany have yielded many spectacular Permian fossils for decades, but the location is now closed to collecting - making such specimens increasingly rare on the market. This particular piece was collected about 30 years ago. The Rotliegendes series of mud and siltstones was renowned for its abundant fish and amphibian fossils and this stunning assemblage is a perfect representation of aquatic life that thrived in the area 285 million years ago.

This is a wonderfully preserved amphibian, Micromelerpeton credneri from this formation. It's 8.1" long and shows great detail on the skin preservation. The matrix is approximately 13x11" and has been backed with fiberglass for stability. Comes with a display stand.

Fossils from this formation were particularly difficult to extract and typically came out fractured in thin, brittle shards. As was the standard practice, fragmented plates were removed in sections and composited and/or reconstructed on a fiberglass backing for stability. Fossils were then coated with a clear sealer to protect the delicate bones from flaking off. This specimen was composited from fossils found within the same layer and in very close proximity to one another. It has limited enhancement, mostly on the tip of the Scelocephalus tail. The entire back of the slab has been reinforced with fiberglass. This is a very displayable fossil of ancient aquatic life and the rounded plate measures 19 x 14 inches.
Micromelerpeton credneri
Pfalz, Germany
8.1" long
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