Superb Messel Fossil Bat Palaeochiropteryx

Name: Palaeochiropteryx tupaiodon

Class: Mammalia, Order: Chiroptera, Suborder: Microchiroptera, Family: Archaeonycterididae

Geological Time: Middle Eocene

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): 35 mm wide, 60 mm in length on 120 mm by 110 mm resin matrix

Fossil Site: Messel Pit, Darmstadt, Germany

Code: MB2

Price: $3995.00 - sold


PalaeochiropteryxDescription: 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, which may be the case here in the lower thoracic region around the ribs. Soft tissue preservation is a common event in material from the pit, and that is easily seen here in preservation of some wing tissue. The general Messel Fossil Bat skulldarkened outline most likely represents some of this soft tissue preservation, but some striated material cane be seen draped over the limb bones in several photos. 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 Messel Fossil Bat wing membranearticulation; notice the intact foot. The skull is remarkably well preserved, with 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 only the second I have ever been able to secure. Due to the rise of the Euro versus the Dollar, these rare specimens have gone up dramatically in price. Nevertheless, I was able to secure this one at a most reasonable price, and pass the savings on to the lucky individual or institution that secures it.

Fossils Purchase

click to enlarge


Fossil Mall Navigation:

l Fossil Mall Home l Fossils for Sale Map l Museum and Rare Fossils l How to Buy Fossils l

Navigate by Fossil Dealers:
Larger Diverse Stores: l EDCOPE Enterprises l Pangaea Fossils l Stonerelic l
Also See Smaller Specialty Fossil Stores

Navigate by Fossil Category:
l Fossil Amber l Ammonites l Dinosaur and Reptile Fossils l
l Crinoids and Echinoderms l Fish Fossils l Insect Fossils l Invertebrate Fossils l
l Plant Fossils l Stromatolites l Trace & Ichnofossils l Trilobites l
l Russian Trilobites l Vertebrate Fossils l
l Cambrian Explosion Fossils l

l Fossils and Paleotological Science Information l