Amiidae on Petrified Wood
Santana Formation, Brazil
This spectacular giant of the Cretaceous seas has been prepared with both sides of the skull visible in a marvelous three-dimensional presentation. An effective predator capable of handling large prey, Calamopleurus (a giant predatory bowfin) possessed a menacing mouthful of approximately twenty-four fang-like conical teeth, as exemplified by the present specimen. It has been proposed that this ancient ancestor to the modern-day mudfish, Amia calva, may be the most primitive known amiine. The Calamopleurus cylindricus species was one of the original seven species of fossil fish from the Santana Formation to be named by L. Agassiz in 1841. The Santana Formation is a world-famous locality, known for the exceptional preservation of its fossil faunal assemblages. The present offering is an exceptional example, featuring beautifully preserved fins, fine scales and paired pectoral fins, which have been carefully prepared to complement the amazing presentation of the skull, which reveals the formidable teeth which characterize this genus. The result of this careful artistic preparation is the illusion that the fish is actually swimming, with mouth open, ready to attack. This stunning display piece has been prepared and mounted by Annesuse Raquet-Schwickert of Germany. Offered on a natural petrified wood base from Indonesia.
Measures 43 x 38 x 15in; specimen measures 38in