Spectacular Fossil Bat with Teeth and Skull Intact

Name: Palaeochiropteryx tupaiodon
Age:  Middle Eocene
Formation:  Messel Oil Shale
Location:  Messel, Darmstadt, Germany
Size: Bat is almost 3" long, plate is 4.8" X 5.0"

Specimen SSA822

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This is an incredible vertebrate fossil. It is a killer Palaeochiropteryx tupaiodon fossil from the closed site in Messel, Germany. This amazing specimen was recently acquired from a major fossil collection. Due to the delicate nature of the oil shale at this site, this specimen, like all from the locality, has been embedded in resin to allow preparation. The fossil is then flipped over and the matrix removed on the opposite side. A final coating of resin preserves the specimen as seen here.

This fossil bat skeleton has wonderful soft tissue preservation - a black carbon film represents the soft-tissue remains of the body and wings.
The detail of the bat is just phenominal - the wing bones and tail are even preserved!  But the best feature of this fossil is the detail of the skull. The full array of teeth are still intact and well displayed - just look at that fierce-looking skull!  This specimen is even more remarkable under magnification! This is simply one of the best preserved and best displayed Fossil Bats ever found in the fossil record, period! 

A Certificate of Authenticity from EXTINCTIONS is included with this specimen.

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