8" Discosauriscus (Permian Reptiliomorph) - Franchesse, France

This is a stunning 8" long amphibian (Discosauriscus austriacus) fossil from the Lower Permian beds near Franchesse, France. The bones, skin, and soft parts are naturally and exceptionally well preserved on a 10.3 x 5.45" slab of shale. It is accompanied by an acrylic display stand.

There are repairs through the rock and fossil. The repaired crack that runs from just beneath the left arm, up through the right side of the amphibian's head has some gap fill restoration along the entire repair.

A link to the paper on the Discosauriscus from this new Lagerstätte can be found below.

A new vertebrate Lagerstätte from the Lower Permian of France (Franchesse, Massif Central): palaeoenvironmental implications for the Bourbon-l’Archambault basin

Discosauricus was a small seymouriamorph that lived in Central Europe during the Lower Permian Period. Many seymouriamorphs were terrestrial or semi-aquatic. However, aquatic larvae bearing external gills and grooves from the lateral line system have been found, making them unquestionably amphibians. The adults were terrestrial. Some of the best fossils of Discosauricus species have been found in Boskovice basin in the Czech Republic.

Because the skeletons of Discosauriscus were lightly sclerotized, they are rarely as well preserved as the intact specimen found on this plate. This fossil clearly defines the wide jaws, short limbs, and relatively long tail of this species. A well-preserved, lateral-line system has been described by researchers, which suggests that Discosauriscus may have had electroreceptive organs.

Discosauriscus austriacus
Franchesse, France
Amphibian: 8" long, Rock: 10.3 x 5.45"
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