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    Pelycosaur Skeleton
    Dimetrodon milleri
    Early Permian
    Moran Formation
    Archer County, Texas, USA

    This complete skeleton of Dimetrodon is as interesting and intriguing as it looks. The primitive synapsid belonged to the group known as pelycosaurs, which had differentiated teeth and had developed a hard palate. Of course, the prominent "sail" consisting of elongated vertebral spines is the most recognizable feature of this ancient beast. It is theorized that the skin-covered "sail" was used for thermoregulation, or possibly even mating displays. Pelycosaurs dominated the prehistoric landscape for some 40 million years. The creature is actually more closely related to modern mammals than reptiles, and lived during the transition between the Pennsylvanian and Permian Period. Dimetrodon was the apex predator of its day along the lines of Megalodon and Tyrannosaurus rex - and lived an unbelievable ~100 million years before the Dinosaurs! Dimetrodon milleri is the oldest, and among the smallest, of the known species.

    The Archer County specimen presented here came out of the vaunted Texas Red Beds of the Permian Basin. This fossil consists of approximately 90 percent real fossilized bone, composited from animals in nearby localities, but is "built" around a 40 percent associated creature. The reconstruction of the very impressive skeleton was performed based on the holotype specimen, which was nearly complete. This example is an important Texas fossil and a significant statement piece. The fossil is presented on a fully metal custom armature created by an artist to display "Zoli" in the most dramatic manner possible. An exceptional specimen, this Permian predator looks great from either side or even head on.
    Overall Measurements: 60.00 x 22.00 x 35.00 inches (152.40 x 55.88 x 88.90 cm)

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    4th Saturday
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