Ascalabos voithi


GENUS/SPECIES NAME: Ascalabos voithi
Superclass Osteichthyes, Class Actinopterygii, Order Isospondyli, Family Leptolepidae

GEOLOGICAL AGE: Upper Jurassic (150 million years old)

STRATIGRAPHIC FORMATION: Solnhofen Plattenkalk (limestone)

LOCATION: Eichstatt, Malm Zeta 2, Bavaria, Germany

DESCRIPTION: This is a beautiful, well-preserved and exquisitely prepared example of an Upper Jurassic primitive ray-finned fish derived from the world-famous Solnhofen limestone of Eichstatt, Germany. A rare , small fish comprised of a slender body, elongated head and large eyes, Ascalabos voithi was first described by Munster in 1834 and is related to several subtaxa, including Aethalion, Pachythrissops and Thrissops. This fossil is centered in the middle third of the matrix, with the body curving slightly upwards and the mouth, slightly agape. Bodily details are beautifully preserved, including all fins, the tail and the skull, though the inferior, distal margin of the tail is absent.

The specimen is beautifully prepared, with the finest details readily evident, including bones of the skull, vertebral column, fin rays and an exquisite scale pattern. The rich orange-brown color of the specimen is complemented beautifully by the homogeneous beige tint of the surrounding limestone matrix. A well-repaired fine crack partly extends through the matrix distal to the tail of the fish fossil, but does not at all interfere with the beauty or completeness of the specimen. This is a very fine and rare museum quality specimen for the discerning collector which combines both scientific rarity with exquisite preparator skill.

GRADE: 4.11 (Out of 5.0) Please see grading system.

Specimen- 10.6 cm (4 3/16”)(length along vertebral column from tip of skull to tip of upper tail fin) x 3.3 cm (1 5/16 “) (width)
Matrix-16.2 cm (length) x 7.4 cm (width)


PRICE: $800

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