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Rare Fossil Fish, Pachycormus bollensis - 25.6"

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This breathtaking fossil fish, Pachycormus bollensis, is a spectacular find from the Holzmaden Shale near Stuttgart, Germany, a fossil locale renowned for its incredibly preserved specimens.

This prehistoric ray-finned fish inhabited warm Jurassic seas that teemed with a variety of ammonites, ichthyosaurs, crinoids (sea lilies) and many fish species. Pachycormus was a powerful open water swimmer, shaped much like a tuna (though unrelated from an evolutionary standpoint). 

It truly belongs to the upper echelon of fine fossils 

Considerable time and skill was needed to reveal this specimen from the matrix - meticulous, specialized labour in a state of the art German preparatory laboratory. 

  • Species: Pachycormus bollensis
  • Formation: Posidonia Shale 
  • Location: Holzmaden, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
  • Age: Lower Jurassic, approximately 182 million years old
  • Specimen measures approximately 65 cm (25.6 inches), plate measures approximately 93 x57 cm (36.6 x 22.4 inches)
  • Weighs approx 30 kg (66 lbs)
  • No Restoration
  • Preparation notes: The fish was inset into ammonite slab

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