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Lot 36: FOSSIL SHARK

Natural History Auction

by I.M. Chait

May 16, 2010

Beverly Hills, CA, USA

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Description: FOSSIL SHARK
Xenacanthus sp.
Permian
Germany

A finely preserved fossil, this creature appears to be a fish, but close inspection of the finger-like paddle bones indicate that it may have lived an amphibious existence. It boasts a mass of slender ribs and a large bony head, near which lies what appears to be a barb, possibly the cause of the ancient creature's demise. With good three-dimensionality, excellent bone texture and a terrific black patina, it is dramatically presented on a 14 3/4 x 34 inch dark gray-brown matrix, in a fabric-backed wooden frame 21 5/8 x 41 1/2 inches.

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