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Cabinet of Curiosities: Natural History, Entomology and Minerals / Plaque fossile présentant deux reptiles du Permien Two Permian Reptiles

Lot 24
Plaque fossile présentant deux reptiles du Permien

Two Permian Reptiles
21 September 2022, 14:00 CEST
Paris

€9,000 - €11,000

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Plaque fossile présentant deux reptiles du Permien

Two Permian Reptiles

Claudiosaurus germaini
Upper Permian, Thuringian
Lower Sankamena FMT, Sankamena Valley, Madagascar

During the Permian Period, the supercontinent of Pangaea was still emerging. This Period, which lasted from 299 million years ago to 251 million years ago, ended in the largest mass extinction the planet has ever known. Here is a rare opportunity to acquire an extinct fossil reptile from that time. Claudiosaurus is not a dinosaur, but rather a reptile of the extinct diapsid group (which includes lizards, snakes, crocodiles, dinosaurs and pterosaurs) characterized by the presence of two temporal openings in the skull. In life, its size would have approximated the size of a modern marine iguana. Claudiosaurus possessed a long tail, large-webbed feet and a small head. Presenting two specimens in the same matrix as a mortality plate, as one specimen was relocated on matrix larger than the original one one. One Claudiosaurus showing a dynamic pose, length 41 cm and the other curled upon itself, length 30.5 cm. Measuring 87 x 47 x 4 cm

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