NATURAL HISTORY

Selected Wonders Of The Natural World



METEORITES DINOSAURS ANIMALS
PLANTS MINERALS


METEORITES

MASSIVE 17 KILOGRAM CHONDRITE FROM THE FORMATION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

11618. HUGE CHONDRITE METEORITE, North Africa, Sahara Desert, 4.56 billion years BP. Most probably from the NWA (North West Africa) 869 fall. 17 kilo, 37 lbs. 10 x 8 x 8.5 inches. A beautiful large and complete unbroken example with ~95% good fusion crust with some desert patina deposits. With a number of old (they have Sahara sand grains wedged in them) stable cracks. With good regmaglypts covering 4 of the 5 sides. Exceptionally rare. Meteorites this large are almost unheard of on the market. A truly exceptional example.

There are several classes of meteorites, the main being stony iron and chondrites which contain less iron and nickel and more closely represent the original unmodified material of the solar system. Chondrites were formed by the accretion of particles of dust and grit present in the primitive Solar System which gave rise to asteroids over 4.55 billion years ago. These asteroid parent bodies of chondrites are (or were) small to medium-sized asteroids that were never part of any body large enough to undergo melting and planetary differentiation. Dating using 206Pb/204Pb gives an estimated age of 4,566.6 ± 1.0 billion years, matching ages for other chronometers. Prominent among the components present in chondrites are the enigmatic chondrules, millimeter-sized spherical objects that originated as freely floating, molten or partially molten droplets in space; most chondrules are rich in the silicate minerals olivine and pyroxene. Embedded in this dust are presolar grains, which predate the formation of our solar system and originated elsewhere in the galaxy. The chondrites have distinct texture, composition and mineralogy and their origin continues to be the object of some debate. Side B.

Provenance: A private American collection. Originally found in the Sahara desert.

$35,000.



11616. LARGE CHONDRITE METEORITE, Most probably from the NWA (North West Africa) 869 fall. 2 lbs. 14.9 oz. 6 x 4 x 3 inches. ~75% fusion crust. In excellent condition with no cracks. With a number of shallow regmaglypts. Side B. Side C.

Provenance: A private American collection. Originally found in the Sahara desert.

$1750



11617. LARGE CHONDRITE METEORITE, Most probably from the NWA (North West Africa) 869 fall. 3 lbs. 5.8 oz. 5 x 3.75 x 2.5 inches. ~95% fusion crust. In excellent condition with no cracks. With a number of shallow regmaglypts. Side B.

Provenance: A private American collection. Originally found in the Sahara desert.

$1750



DINOSAUR FOSSILS

COMPLETE DINOSAUR SKULL

8078. RARE PSITTACOSAURUS DINOSAUR SKULL. The Earliest Ancestor of Triceratops. 7 x 5 inch skull from the very important 127 million year old dinosaur Psittacosaurus (parrot lizard). It is important because it was the first of the ceratopsians, which include its more famous ancestor, Triceratops. This nearly complete skull was found in the famous volcanic layer near Liaoning northern China. Many strange dinosaurs have been excavated in Liaoning, some with feathers. The parrot-like beak, large eyes, fenestrae (which grew in later ceratopsians to become large frills in the back of the skull), and horn-like bones at the ends of its cheeks, all are very clear on this highly desirable specimen. Very rare intact dinosaur skull, complete and intact with no repair or restoration.

Provenance: A private American collection. Acquired at the Franklin Rock and Mineral show September, 2004.

$6500.



PUBLISHED LARGE MESOSAUR FOSSIL

10007. PUBLISHED EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE MESOSAUR SKELETON. Mesosaurus brasiliensis. Permian, Brazil. The Mesosaurs were fast swimming predators which lived in fresh water, probably preying on small fish, insects and other aquatic invertebrates. They are found in Permian rocks in Brazil and South Africa, indicating that these two continents were joined at the time. The fossil measuring 18 inches in a 12 x 21 inch, 20 lb. matrix. Great detail with teeth and all digits showing. Some restoration to bones as usual. The skeletons normally found and available on the market are only 12-16 inches long, however this one measures an amazing 29.5 inches along the backbone!

Provenance: A private American collection. Acquired at the Franklin, NJ Rock and Mineral show October, 2000. Published in Garrison, Essentials of Oceanography, by Cengage Learning, 2008-2011 editions.

SOLD.



8075. TWO LARGE DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS - c. 200 million years BP. These footprints of two different kinds of early dinosaurs were formed when they walked along a muddy stretch of beach over 200 million years ago near Lincoln Park, New Jersey. These theropods (meat-eating dinosaurs) lived more than 130 million years before T-Rex and were the top predators of their day. Dinosaurs typically started out small and grew larger over time as the "arms race" between plant eaters and meat eaters intensified. The excellent, well-defined, large theropod footprint measures 8 x 3 inches and even shows some of the texture of the skin on the bottom of the foot and the large claw impressions on the ends of the toes. This type of print is denoted Grallator cunceatus, although the actual species that made it is unknown. Very few dinosaur bones have been found in New Jersey at this time. The fainter, smaller footprint measures 4 x 3 inches from a different species of dinosaur, also unknown. The large Grallator footprint is aesthetically centered on a 17 x 9 inch gray slate matrix and is a contrasting black in color. Weight of the specimen is 5 pounds.

Provenance: A private American collection. Acquired at the Franklin Rock and Mineral show September, 2004.

$3500.



MAMMAL, FISH & BIRD FOSSILS

8074. EXCEPTIONALLY RARE 140 MILLION YEAR OLD FOSSIL BIRD. In the last several years, the most spectacular dinosaur fossil finds of the century have come out of China, particularly the Liaoning Province. Along with the feathered dinosaurs are also found some of the oldest birds in the fossil records. This small 5º inch primitive bird, Liaoxiornis delicatus, dates from the late Jurassic period and only Archaeopterix from Germany is older at 150 million years. This remarkable, virtually complete bird is remarkable in the details of its preservation. Birds have light, delicate bones that rarely fossilize at all. Due to an enormous volcanic eruption 140 million years ago, this bird was killed by the gases and quickly buried in volcanic ash, thus preserving it intact. There are dark feather impressions at the back of the head and neck, as well as beneath the right wing and at the bottom of its body. The all-important features that identify it as one of the most primitive birds are present as well: two small sharp teeth at the end of its beak, as well as claws at the ends of its wings. Comes displayed in a 9 x 7 inch Ryker mount to protect the soft stone matrix of the compressed volcanic ash layer. A most important and impressive fossil. Weight is 1.1 pounds.

Provenance: A private American collection. Acquired at Goldberg Auctions in Los Angelus, September, 2004.

SOLD.



9330. LARGE FOSSIL FISH. Middle Cretaceous, Cladocyclus gardneri. From the Santana Formation in Brazil. This was an Icthyodectid fish and closely related to Xiphactinus Audax from the Niobrara Chalk of Kansas. There is some controversy about the exact age but most agree from the Aptian to the Cenomanian ages which is ruffly 113-93 million years ago during the Middle Cretaceous Period. Now that the Brazilian government has banned the exportation of fossils in general they are becoming rather rare. This species appears somewhat similar to a Cealocanth with what appear to be the remnants of limbs front and back. An especially nice and well preserved specimen with great detail in head, scales and tail. The fossil 24 inches. The tail expertly reattached.

Provenance: A private American collection: Purchased at the Franklin Rock and Mineral Show in August, 1999.

$2500.



9331. FINELY DETAILED FOSSIL FISH. Phareodus testis, Eocene, Green River formation, southwestern Wyoming. Most likely from the Fossil Lake deposits though Lake Gosiute cannot be ruled out. The fish preserved in excellent condition, nearly every detail intact. The fossil 7 inches in nice 12 x 14 inch matrix. Rare this nice.

Provenance: A private American collection: Purchased at the Franklin Rock and Mineral Show in August, 1999.

$950.



10009. RARE FOSSIL SKULL OF MEGALOCEROS, Megaloceros giganteus, Pleistocene. The skull was found in Bensheim Germany. Size of span from horn to horn is 70 cm (only parts of the horns are remaining, but still an impressive skull). Height is 23 cm. 28 x 13 x 11 inches. 13 lbs. Megaloceros was a large elk common in Europe. It sported perhaps the largest antler rack of any of the deer family as can be seen in the massive skull cap and antler bases of the current specimen and the model (not included). Repaired as to be expected with cracks at the repairs. Front View. Side view. Back view. Bottom view. Museum tag.

Provenance: A private American collection. Acquired by the current owner from a German dealer, deaccessioned from a German natural history museum.

$1750.



10011. A MAMMOTH LEG BONE WITH JOINT. Pleistocene, c. 50,000 years before present. 5.5 x 6 x 13.5 inches. The end of a leg bone with the joint. Excellent condition.

Provenance: Acquired by the current owner at the Franklin, NJ Rock and Mineral show.

$500.



10012. A MAMMOTH LEG BONE WITH JOINT. Pleistocene, c. 50,000 years before present. 4 x 5 x 9 inches. The end of a leg bone with the joint. Excellent condition.

Provenance: Acquired by the current owner at the Franklin, NJ Rock and Mineral show.

$300.



10013. A MAMMOTH KNUCKLE BONE. Pleistocene, c. 50,000 years before present. 4 x 4 x 5 inches. A complete foot bone with the joints. Excellent condition.

Provenance: Acquired by the current owner at the Franklin, NJ Rock and Mineral show.

$350.



PLANT FOSSILS

WORLD'S LARGEST AMBER NUGGET

12937. COLOSSAL AMBER NUGGET. Sumatran amber, Dharmasraya region in West Sumatra. c. 20 million years BP. 48 kilograms, 60 x 62 x 37 cm. Hardness on Mohs scale 2.0. Thought to be the largest amber nugget known. The largest other amber nugget we have been able to document is another piece of Sumatran amber weighing 40 kilograms in the Museum of Jakarta. Back view. Another view. Another view.

Provenance: The property of a European gentleman. Originally found in Western Sumatra at a depth of 40 m. Sold to the Copenhagen Amber Museum, this colossal amber nugget has now been officially confirmed as the world's largest by the Guinness Book of Records. The piece was tested and verified as pure amber by Österreichische Gemmologische Gesellschaft, and is now available for viewing at the Copenhagen Amber Museum. News Release.

SOLD.



HUGE AMBER NUGGET

12961. HUGE AMBER NUGGET. Sumatran amber, c. 20 million years BP. 24 kilograms, Measurements are 52 x 25 x 20 cm. The quality is excellent. This is a piece piece free of cracks and of a rich chocolate color. Amber nuggets of this side are incredibly rare and almost never appear on the market. The only other ones we are aware of are in museums, including the National Museum of Indonesia. Back view. Another view. Another view.

Provenance: The property of a European gentleman. Originally found in Western Sumatra at a depth of 40 m.

Price on request.



A VERY RARE LARGE FOSSIL

12900. MASSIVE FOSSIL LEPIDODENDRON STUMP. Tennessee, Carboniferous Period, 300-450 million years BP. The large stump of pleasing grey and ochre color with a relatively smooth surface in which the vesicles typical of the species are clearly visible. Shown at the University of Tennessee where it was identified and confirmed authentic by them. Dimensions 18 1/2 inches across the top, larger at the bottom, 11 inches high, and 56 inches in circumference. Weight ~400 lbs. Extremely rare complete Lepidodendron stump. Enlargement. Another view. Another view. Another view.

Lepidondendrons were among the first large trees to appear on earth. These long extinct tall spore-bearing trees were related to modern club mosses. They stood in a dense, swampy forest 320 million years ago contemporaneous with the first appearance of land animals. These Giant Club Moss trees somewhat resembled modern palms crowned with spiky fronds. The green trunks were textured like alligator skin, giving them the name "scale bark" trees.

Provenance: A Tennessee fossil collection. Found on a privately owned farm in Campbell County, Tennessee.

Price on request.



MINERAL SPECIMENS

10032. NICE CHUNKY FLUORITE CRYSTAL MASS. 7". Hole in the Rock, Illinois. This location is now closed to collectors.

Provenance: A private NJ collection. Originally from the Hole in the Rock site in Illinois.

$150.