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    Cearachelys placidoi
    Early Cretaceous - 112--125 million years old
    Santana Formation, Chapada do Araripe, Ceara State, Brazil

    Turtle fossils from the Early Cretaceous are extremely rare and very few good specimens have ever been found, let alone made their way onto the commercial fossil market. The Santana Formation of northeastern Brazil is world-famous for being the best fossil fish site on the globe and millions of three-dimensional fossil fish have been produced from there over the last 50 years. Thousands of people make their living digging-up the prolific fossil fish nodules, preparing them, and selling them into the international market. However, in all this time, and with thousands of diggers, only a mere handful of complete fossil turtles have been found. This perfect turtle is one of those very rare exceptions to the rule. It was discovered in 1985 and resided in a private collection for the last 20 years and was recently re-prepared. During preparation it was determined that most of the skeleton was enclosed within the matrix inside the shell and many of these bones were recently exposed. However, no skull was found. At least two complete limbs are visible and numerous other bones are exposed as well. There is only a few percent of restoration to the shell amounting to minor repair of cracks and chips. This specimen is a gorgeous dark orange color and is mounted on an innovative black steel stand that gives the specimen the look of an exquisite natural sculpture. A very aesthetic and extremely rare fossil turtle worthy of the most discriminating collector. Measures 10 inches long by 7 ¾ inches wide by 2 ½ inches thick.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    8th Sunday
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