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Bonhams : Uncommon German Turtle

Allaeochelys crassesculptata Eocene Messel Oil Shale Pit, Germany The rarity of this pig-nosed turtle species, the large size of this specimen and the completeness of the well-preserved skull make this piece an uncommon find. The prehistoric Messel Lake is considered a lagerstatte, an accumulation of fossils representing an entire ecosystem. The famous historic site is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fossils from the Messel Shales are embedded in resin due to the friability of the natural…
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