SPECIAL NOTE: The laws in this region of Germany have forbid the collection of these remarkable fossils since 1986. Such legislation has permanently ended the supply of such magnificent specimens such as this one being offered here. This rare example comes from an old German private collection and was collected long ago before the ban was enacted. With digging in the formation now off-limits, these German Permian fossils are sure to appreciate in value and become increasingly difficult to acquire.
This large fossil "school" of Paramblypterus duvernoyi fish is an excellent example displaying 17 primitive fish with unique anatomy. These fish lived in a time not commonly known, before the first dinosaurs and at a point in time just before Earth's most devastating extinction event in all its history, the end of the Permian Period. The large slab shows large 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 very primitive fish had an asymmetrical tail with the longer upper lobe having a small edge of fin and the rest being fleshy, covered with heavy scales like the rest of the body. The close-up image shows fin and scale detail of this unique anatomy. The fossil's original dark brown-black hue is original. Entire slab is reinforced with epoxy and metal hangers. It displays a beautiful combination of naturally occurring layers of warm brown and light gray. One of the fossil fish has a perfectly preserved coprolite fossil from a giant amphibian, laying over it and fossilized on the same layer as the fish.
An exceptional piece not only for its scientific significance as a fossil specimen coming from the most devastating extinction period of our planet, but an incredible piece to grace any home or business interior. Ready to hang!
Don't confuse this fish fossil with the extremely common, much later Eocene fish fossils from the Green River Formation in Wyoming. You could pave a highway with those fossils, they are so common. The fish here in this fossil are well before the very first dinosaurs! Permian fish fossils are immeasurably MORE RARE than Green River fish fossils!
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 were around well before the very first dinosaurs, when trilobites still existed on our planet!