The fact that the term "fossil deposit" was first applied by A. Seilacher in 1970 to the fossil deposits around Holzmaden (and Bundenbach) is due to the worldwide unique accumulation and preservation of vertebrates. The vertebrates found in Holzmaden were the first ever traded fossils. The fossil trade goes back to Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg. In 1749 he commissioned the delivery of important fossils to Stuttgart for teaching purposes in return for a premium. Among them was an Ichthyosaur fragment with an embryo in its body - the oldest dinosaur find in Central Europe. Embryos often lie embedded in a black substance. When Bernhard Hauff uncovered extremely fine, carbon-black remains while working on an Ichthyosaur in 1892 and explained these as skin preservation, this was initially declared impossible by Prof. Oskar Fraas. In fact, it was the first time that remains of soft tissue were uncovered from fossils. The triumph of fossils from Holzmaden to museums around the world has continued unbroken ever since.
Whether you are looking for a scientific specimen or a prestigious fossil for your collection - located in South Germany, close to the source, we offer you a fine selection of Holzmaden Ichthyosaur fossils at an attractive price.
Holzmaden; Lias Epsilon II/6
Complete skull at good size with scleral ring ("eye") and teeth in natural matrix. Offered at a reasonable price.
Holzmaden/Ohmden; Lias Epsilon II/6
Complete Vertebra with zero restauration, fixed on natural matrix.
Delicate, free standing hand piece at a reasonable price.