McTear's to auction 40 million year-old fossilised crocodile

Glasgow based McTear's 10th August auction: A Cabinet of Curiosities: including an Important Natural History Collection, includes a 40 million year old fossilised crocodile with an estimate of £10,000 - £15,000.

40m year-old fossilised crocodile to be auctioned at McTear's
Image: McTear's


The crocodile (Plalaysuchis Petroleum). discovered in China, is perfectly preserved in stone and measures 92cm in length.

It is part of a 200 lot auction featuring the collection of fossils belonging to a geologist based in the Scottish Highlands. 

James Spiridion, one of the specialists at McTear's, commented:

‘The fossilised crocodilian is in immaculate condition with a near perfect skeleton on show.  It is worth noting that a similar, albeit larger, example recently sold at auction for $250k, illustrating quite clearly how important these fascinating items are.”

Nest of six hadrosaur eggs for sale at McTear's
Image: McTear's


The auction also features Megalodon teeth, a fossilised Choristodera skeleton estimated at £2,000, a stunning nest of six fossilised Hadrosaur egg estimated at £7,000, and a 7kg Gibeon meteorite that was discovered in Namibia estimated at £4,000. 

Megalodon teeth have been selling well at auction recently with four individual teeth selling for more than $10,000 each at Sotheby's Natural History Sale last week.

Taxidermy ostrich for sale at McTear's Auction
Image: McTear's


There is also a strong taxidermy section to the McTear's auction with a gazelle bust, grey squirrel, buffalo horns and a striking ostrich display comprising two adult and two chicks in eggs with an estimate of £150 - £200.

Full details are at McTear's.



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