Rare, primitive Palaeoniscus fossil fish
You can clearly see the rhomboid scales
Tail of fish clearly visible
A very early primitive fish, Palaeoniscus freislebensis, the first ray finned fish to exist.
It was discovered, in the famous Messel Pit, near the village of Messel in Germany, and dates from the Upper Permian, 298 million years old.
It is a significant fossil, and is rare to see for sale in todays market.
Palaeoniscus became extinct during the Upper Triassic, around 228 million years ago, during the Triassic-Jurassic extinction event.
The Messel Pit is a disused quarry near the village of Messel, southeast of Frankfurt, in Germany.
It was declared a World Heritage Site for fossils in 1995, due to the extraordinary diversity and quality of fossils discovered there.
Private collection of fossils was prohibited, and only fossils from old collections are available for sale today.
The rhomboid shape of the scales is very evident in this fossil, and the dark black colouration is typical of the Messel fossils.
One of a kind, and rare.
It is difficult to do it justice with photographs.
Size: 23cms x 12cms