9.7" Discosauriscus (Early Permian Reptiliomorph) - Czech Republic

 
 
This is a remarkably preserved, 9.7" long Discosauriscus from the Early Permian deposits of the Czech Republic. This is a phenomenal specimen, very nicely articulated with all four of the short limbs present.

This is the best specimen I've had of this animal. It's the largest one and has very little restoration. Some of the small digits on the feet are restored and there is a bit of restoration on the head along the repaired crack.

The skeletons of these animals have been carbonized and are preserved in a thin layer of shale within a thicker group of sandy Permian beds. These carbonized fossils were produced when subsequently deposited sediments built up over the Permian beds and the weight of the overlying rock compressed them, producing a sort of geological road kill.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Discosauriscus (Letoverpeton) sp.
LOCATION
Boskovice, Moravia, SE Czech Republic
FORMATION
Limnic Deposits
SIZE
9.7" long on 11x6.7" rock
ITEM
#89332
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