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    Sale 12052

    Science & Natural History

    19 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 159

    A VERY LARGE FOSSIL CROCODILE

    GERMANY

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    A VERY LARGE FOSSIL CROCODILE
    GERMANY
    Steneosaurus bollensis from the Lower Jurassic, Toarcian (182-174 million years ago) Posidonienschiefer Formation Holzmaden, the complete specimen with three-dimmensional preservation, placed in heavy shale plaque for wall mounting
    55½ x 119in. (141 x 302cm.)


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    Despite being not-too-distant relatives of the dinosaurs, the crocodilians survived the great extinction at the end of the Cretaceous (66 million year ago). Steneosaurs were a successful genus in the Jurassic, with at least twelve species found in sites across Europe and Morocco since 1825. A long snout with sharp teeth would suggest a diet predominantly of small fish. The preservation of armoured scutes to the body hint of a more combative lifestyle in the coastal waters of the Tethys Ocean 180 million years ago.

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