This large and spectacular Cladocyclus sp. fish fossil from the Santana Formation of Brazil is THE FINEST EXAMPLE WE HAVE EVER SEEN ANYWHERE! Cladocyclus is a member of the ICTHYODECTIFORMS, a group of large predatory extinct fish that lived in marine environments from the Late Jurassic through the Cretaceous Period. Many had large teeth and all were effective hunters of other fish, including those from their own group. Cladocyclus is one of the longest and most impressive fish from the Santana Formation. Most examples on the market are horrible composites of multiple fish glued together to make a "complete" fossil. This specimen is one of the largest and certainly, THE FINEST we have ever seen or handled, and it is 100% original without any added parts.
The size, overall detail and quality of this specimen is impeccable. The mouth is preserved in a stunning, open manner with large, visible teeth. Fin and scale detail is as good as it gets with ALL FINS preserved and complete. Geode has been reinforced to protect the fossil and fossil fish.
If you wish to own the finest example of a Cladocyclus, then this is a once-in-lifetime chance to make it happen. This prehistoric, dinosaur-era marine predator fossil is EXCEPTIONALLY RARE, huge and one of the most impressive fossil fish you will ever experience.
Our past purchase of a very old private European collection of vertebrate Santana fossils has provided us with numerous spectacular quality specimens that go well beyond the quality and completeness of anything we have seen in either private hands or in museum collections. In comparison, the definitive illustrated work on these fossils, written by curator John G. Maisey titled "Santana Fossils", is illustrated with numerous prized specimens owned by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York. The fossil we offer here, far exceeds the quality of the finest specimens shown from the American Museum publication. The method of preparation we use produces whole, fully exposed fossils without splitting the concretions open and destroying the specimen as most others have done. With these fossils we are offering, there is no comparison to the "butchered" concretionary Brazilian fossils that are crudely split with chisels to reveal the fossil inside.
Caution must be exercised in Brazil concretion fish fossils. MANY are pieced together with parts of multiple fish to make a single fish but THIS species of fish is one of the MOST COMMONLY FAKED type because of its long length and nature of being found broken and incomplete or poorly preserved. All too often, we see examples on the market that are the tail of one fish, body of another and the head of a third, all glued together to make a single fish. Compare this one above to ones in suspect and you may see the incontinuity of the fossil's anatomy and shape, in question.