SPECIAL NOTE: The current laws in this region of Germany have forbid the collection of fossils since 1986 with this quarry specifically, being closed and protected by state law. Legislation has permanently ended the hope of ever securing any new specimens as this one being offered here. This piece comes from an old German private collection and was collected long ago before the ban was enacted.
More than any other fossil dealer online, one of our prime specialties is offering the rarest and most impressive Permian fossils of Germany. We have handled a number of pieces that exceed what most if not, all museums of the world, house in their collections. This specimen offered here is one of only a few complete Cordaites sp. branch fossils we have ever seen and it is one of the largest. This is truly a fossil plant fit for the finest and rarest plant ( AND Permian!) collections!!!
Cordaites sp. is an extinct genus of seed plants with leathery, strap-shaped leaves from thought to be closely related to conifers. The genus was made up of trees and shrublike plants that occurred in various habitats that ranged from mangrove-like environments to dry terrains but most grew on floodplains or in swamps.
This is our ONE AND ONLY complete example, devoid of any restoration and only has a light, sealer applied to the fossil for stabilization and preservation as these fossils once split and exposed, are very fragile.
These plant fossils were formed in a different manner from the coal deposits. The fossils were found in what once was a swampy aquatic environment and their burial was less dramatic than mass burials that formed coal beds. Alongside these graceful plants, fish such as Paramblypterus and amphibians such as Sclerocephalus swam below the quiet, calm Permian waters nearby. They lived and went extinct before the very first dinosaurs!