Central Europe, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany, Early Permian period, ca. 290 million years ago. A large fossil "school" of Paramblypterus duvernoyi fish is an excellent example displaying 17 primitive fish with unique anatomy. These fish lived before the dinosaurs, during the Permian, immediately before the largest extinction event in Earth's history. The large slab shows a group of assembled fish fossils all originally found in the same location and layer. Each displays highly detailed preservation of the complete fish on the original shale on which it was found. The Paramblypterus was a very primitive fish that had an asymmetrical tail. The longer upper lobe had a small edge of fin and the rest was fleshy, covered with heavy scales like the rest of the body. The fossil's original dark brown-black hue is original. The entire slab is reinforced with epoxy and metal hangers. It displays a beautiful combination of naturally occurring layers of warm brown and light grey. Size: 39" W x 24" H (99.1 cm x 61 cm)
The Paramblypterus fish was a primitive osteichthyan (bony fish) and a member of the actinopterygians or ray-finned fish. Now extinct, Paramblypterus duvernoyi possessed some very primitive features, most notably, its shark-like tail with a fleshy upper lobe. To put in perspective just how old the Paramblypterus is, these primitive fish went extinct 250 million years ago, before the first dinosaurs, and coexisted with trilobites!
Provenance: acquired in 2012 from a German collector
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