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    EXCEPTIONAL MOONFISH FOSSIL
    Gyrodus circularis
    Jurassic
    Solnhofen Formation, Eichstätt, Bavaria, Germany

    This remarkable specimen of the fossil relative of today's parrot fish is amongst the finest specimens to have been unearthed from the remarkable limestone deposits of the Solnhofen area. The attractive rounded shape leaves one in no doubt as to how this reef fish got its name. The level of detail on this fossil is superlative throughout the whole of the body, with a mixture of bone and scale remains, excellent three-dimensionality, particularly to the pectoral fin, and the perfectly preserved rounded teeth that were used for crushing coral and the shells of small crustaceans. As is usual, the soft ocular material has not been preserved, but the pale circle of the eye socket provides a lifelike substitute. This denizen of the Solnhofen lagoons, an archipelago on the edge of the Tethys Sea, measures 19 inches long and is presented on a natural matrix slab of 27 3/8 x 23¾ inches.


    Estimate: $15,000 - $19,000.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
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