Exquisite Messel Fossil Bat Palaeochiropteryx tupaiodon

Name: Palaeochiropteryx tupaiodon

Age: Eocene

Size: mm (25.4mm=1 inch): 44 mm wide, 52 mm in length on 112 mm by 110 mm resin matrix

Location: Messel Pit, Darmstadt, Germany

Code: MB1

Price: $2950.00 - Sold

Palaeochiropteryx tupaiodon Fossil Bat from MesselDescription: This is a fine example of a small species of bat from the oil shale Messel Pit deposits of Darmstadt, Germany, known as Palaeochiropteryx tupaiodon. These ~50 million year old deposits are famous for their exceptionally well-preserved organisms, some of which have the remains of their last meal preserved within. Soft tissue preservation is a common event in material from the pit, and that is seen here in preservation of some wing tissue. This genus possessed relatively broad, short wings, indicative of adaptation for slow, highly maneuverable flight near the forest floor. While some features such as the skull and skeleton are primitive, the shape of the wings resembles that of the modern-day Hipposiderids which have a similar flight habit. Many of the limb bones are in articulation; notice the intact foot. The skull is remarkably well preserved, with all its teeth intact. This bat probably was overcome by toxic gases from the lake while in low-level pursuit of flying insects. Due to this fragility of the oil shale, this specimen, like all from the locality, has been embedded in resin to allow preparation. The fossil is then flipped over and the matrix removed on the opposite side. A final coating of resin serves to preserve the specimen as seen here. This fine example is offered at a price far lower than one might expect to pay for such a rare specimen.

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