Lot 33: FOSSIL REPTILE
by I.M. Chait
May 16, 2010
Beverly Hills, CA, USALive Auction
One of the most popular and emblematic species from the central Asian Triassic fossil beds, this is a superb example of the Keichosaurus. Member of a group of extinct primitive reptiles, they are usually found in this "swimming" pose, but the osteology of their forearms and shoulders suggest that they may also have been capable of subaerial locomotion. The present specimen exhibits exceptional three-dimensionality and definition to the spine, ribs, limbs and tail; the neck was snapped and lies double-backed so that the head rests beneath the front right limb. It sports a lovely black patina on a pale gray oval matrix and is presented in a fabric-lined gold-painted glazed frame 19 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches.