Barasaurus besairiei - Complete Permian Reptile from Madagascar
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This complete fossil reptile skeleton is absolutely gorgeous and in the finest condition possible, with minimal restoration. It's an unbelievable discovery from Madagascar and a prime example of the fascinating aquatic reptile and dinosaur ancestor, 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 including a perfect skull with small toe bones and fine tail vertebrae.
These rare features, coupled with the overall beauty, make it 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