Amazing Fish Fossil from Germany- Incredible Detail!

Name: Amphiperca multiformis
Age:  Eocene
Formation:  Messel Oil Shale
Location:  Messel, Darmstadt, Germany
Size: Fish is 4.2" long, plate is 6.2" X 10.7"

Specimen SSA757

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This is an incredible vertebrate fossil. It is a killer Amphiperca multiformis fossil from the classic 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 thin resin preserves the entire specimen down to the most minute detail, as seen here.

This fossil fish skeleton is incredibly well preserved. The detail of the fish is just phenominal - the all of the bones are beautifully displayed and tightly articulated, and the fins and tail are even preserved!  But the best feature of this fossil is the detail of the skull. The full array of skull bones are still intact and well articulated - just look at that gaping mouth!  This specimen is even more remarkable under magnification! This is a top quality fossil fish that was found in a locality that is now a UNESCO World Heratage Site!

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

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