Amphiperca multiformis

Messel Fossil Fish

Name: Amphiperca multiformis

Age: Middle Eocene

Size: 160 mm on 220 by 130 mm matrix

Location: Messel Pit, Darmstadt, Germany

A superb example from Messel, one of the world's premier Lagerstatten sites. This uncommon species is the equivalent of the Priscacara from the Green River formation in the U.S. This particular specimen exhibits significant soft tissue preservation for which the Messel fossils are noted. Definitely, a world-class fossil. Notice the EXCEPTIONAL degree of preservation found. Much soft tissue, including most of the scales can still be seen, as well as the fine bones of the fins.

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