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    Sale 12052

    Science & Natural History

    19 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 158

    A JURASSIC AQUATIC LIZARD

    SOLNHOFEN, GERMANY

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    A JURASSIC AQUATIC LIZARD
    Solnhofen, Germany
    from the Tithonian age, Jurassic (circa 150 million years ago) the 5-foot long Pleurosaurs goldfussi with central torso left in original position, the neck and tail curled, in limestone slab supported on black backboard
    45 x 23in. (114 x 60cm.)


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    Pleurosaurus lived in the warm waters of an archipelago, or lagoon, on the edge an ancient ocean called the Thethys sea during the age of the Dinosaurs. Belonging to the order of lizard-like Rhynchocephalia (beaked-headed), their only surviving relatives are the tuataras of New Zealand. The present specimen is very finely preserved.