This large plate containing fossil fish (paralepidotus ornatus) is a staggering 225 million years old, and was discovered in Seefeld, Austria. This school of fish met a very abrupt end due to a sudden drop of the oxygen levels in the water.

The impeccable preservation of these fossil fish is highly unusual and is accredited due to the fact that the fish were covered by clay-rich sediment shortly after perishing, which deprived them of oxygen and halted decomposition. Some of the best fossil preparators took hundreds of hours to uncover every detail, making this a museum worthy specimen



Scientists go beyond just looking at the fossils. They use isotopic and geochemical analyses of the fossils and surrounding sediments to learn about past environmental conditions, such as water temperature, salinity, Oxygen and nutrient levels.

Origin: Seefeld, Austria
Age: Triassic epoch (225 million years old)
Category: Fish
Species: paralepidotus ornatus
Measurements: Excl stand 72 x 214 x 15cm
Incl stand 80 x 242 x 44cm