DescriptionHere we have a rare Triassic reptile called a nothosaur. The sleek body, paddle-like feet and hands, and laterally-flattened tail all aided in swift, graceful movement in the water. When searching for fossils or casts, the most complete and intact specimens are most sought after. The original specimen was nearly 100% complete in this case. This nothosaur was painstakingly removed from the notoriously hard Triassic matrix using various acid etching techniques and thousands of hours of micropreparation, in a process that most said would be impossible to accomplish. The result was what is most probably the world’s first fully 3D prepared Asian nothosaur. Most in-matrix fossils that are rendered as three dimensional casts have the reverse side of all bones sculpted to complete them. With this skeleton, that is not the case; the nearly 100% complete skeleton was fully removed from matrix and then molded, making it one of the most accurate, detailed replicas of an Asian nothosaur available. This would be a perfect item to accompany the in-matrix replica of the same original fossil specimen before final preparation was completed.
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