Barasaurus besairiei - Complete Permian Reptile from Madagascar
This complete fossil reptile skeleton is absolutely gorgeous and in the finest condition possible. It's an unbelievable discovery from Madagascar and a prime example of the fascinating aquatic reptile, Barasaurus besairiei.
It was found in a famous fossil formation, the Sankamena Valley, in the form of a concretion that was carefully split, partially revealing this unbelievable fossil. Hours of expert preparation exposed the skeleton in its completion, with breathtakingly detailed preservation.
The quality of preservation, completeness and overall beauty, make this an immensely valuable piece!
Location: Lower Sankamena Formation, Sankamena Valley, Madagascar.
Age: Upper Permian - 250 million years old.
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Matrix measures 13.5 x 9 x 1 inches / 35 cm x 26 x 2.5 cm. With tail and body straightened the total length of the animal would be about 14 inches / 36 cm.
Barasaurus besairiei likely had a partly oceanic lifestyle similar to present-day Marine Iguanas. This reptile was one of a small number of species that survived the great Permian extinction 250 million years ago when approximately 90% of the planet's fauna disappeared. It is grouped as one of the most primitive reptiles - the Anapsida based on the lack of 2 openings (Fenestrae) in the temporal area of the skull.