Size: The fossil fish is 17 7/8”” in length on a 20 x 6
Fossil Location: Menilite-Krosno Series, Caparthian basin, Carpathian
Comments: For over eight years I have been acquiring Polish fish from
the Oligocene, Carpathian basin. Generally they are small, no more
than a few inches in length. This magnificent Holosteus is by far the
largest, and most breathtaking specimen I have had the pleasure of
beholding. The fossil resides on a thin, fine-grained medium/dark tan
plate of shale. The formation is highly fractured and difficult to
quarry, and the image below shows the recovered fossils, before professional
preparation -- very typical of the site. The preservation is fantastic
and the specimen is some 97% complete. This to the best of my knowledge
is the premier fossil fish specimen ever offered from this important
world-renowned fossil site.
River Preparium, one of the premier preparation labs in the USA invested
sixteen hours of work to curate this specimen.
Holesteus was broken into fifteen pieces and re-glued back together.
Quite normal, as the matrix is evidently very difficult to extract
in large plates from this location. The surrounding matrix was smoothed
out, and the cracks skillfully covered. There is about 3-5% restoration.
Specifically the tip of the snout/ethmoid (nasal) area, and a 3/8 x
5/8” oblong shaped insertion on the top-side of the body immediately
in front of the dorsal fin. Finally, a bit of restoration where the
head joins the body. The specimen has been strengthened with a fiberboard
backing plate. Please contact me if you have any further questions.
A note regarding the unprepared Holosteus photo. This was a split fishplate.
The owner was only willing to allow me to buy one side. I chose the
top fish as my preference of the two.
The Carpathians offer one of the
world’s premier collecting
sites for Oligocene fossil salt-water fossil fish. I have a scholarly
pdf (in English) on the general paleontology and fossil fish of the
Menilite-Krosno Series that I would be happy to email to the procurer
of this Holosteus.
$2700.00 - Code PFT461 - Free postage in the USA