The Texas Red Beds
The fossils on this page all originate from the famous Permian Red Beds of Texas. The beds were collected by Cope,
Marsh and Romer, the principal early workers on Permian vertebrates. The fossils are often more worn than at other
Permian sites, due to the nature of their deposition, but they are still good representatives from a classic deposit. You
can order any of the fossils illustrated by
clicking here
Eryops megacephalus
Fossil rich Matrix
Archer County Matrix
£4/$6
Nice material quite rich in shark
denticles, teeth and other
vertebrate remains.
Eryops Upper jaw with fang
platform - £100/$165
A rare piece of Eryops skull that
preserves the base of several
teeth and one of the large fang
platforms. The bases of the two
giant fangs are clearly visible.
This is a rare piece.
Eryops Jaw #1 - £8/$12
A very good quality piece of Eryops jaw that
preserves the sockets for the teeth. The
specimen has nice bone preservation and
exhibits the robust construction typical of these
large amphibians.
Eryops Intercentrum - £8/$12 each
A nice chunky example of the bone that formed
the lower part of an
Eryops vertebral complex.
Eryops skull plates - £3/$5 each
Very good quality distinct skull plates
measuring ~28mm/1 inch.
Eryops megacephalus tooth #1 - £12/$20
A very good quality tooth measuring ~10mm
Eryops megacephalus tooth #1 - £15/$25
A very good quality tooth measuring ~16mm
Eryops megacephalus tooth #1 - £12/$20
A very good quality tooth measuring ~11mm
Eryops megacephalus tooth #1 - £10/$15
A good quality tooth measuring ~9mm
Eryops megacephalus skull plate and tooth - £6/$10 each
A nice fragment of skull and a good quality tooth from Eryops
housed in a 1 inch gem jar.
Eryops/Edops dermal armor plates
Alfred Romer described these fossils in his paper on Edops and believed
they were dermal plates from this large amphibian because they were
found in association with an
Edops skeleton. Unfortunately, none were
articulated, and exactly where on the animal they came from could not
be confirmed. Although found at several localities in Texas, so far they
have not been found in Oklahoma, which is perplexing considering the
similarities of the faunas. However, although
Eryops is well documented
from Oklahoma
Edops is not, and it may well be possible that Eryops did
not possess dermal plates of this type, thus accounting for their
absence. If anyone has any more information on these fossils we would
love to hear from you.
Edops armor #1
£5/$8
Shown in a 1.25 inch
gem jar for scale.
Edops armor #4
£5/$8
Shown in a 1.25 inch
gem jar for scale.
Edops armor #3
£5/$8
Shown in a 1.25 inch
gem jar for scale.
Edops armor #2
£5/$8
Shown in a 1.25 inch
gem jar for scale.
Edops armor #5
£5/$8
Shown in a 1.25 inch
gem jar for scale.
Edops armor #7
£5/$8
Shown in a 1.25 inch
gem jar for scale.
Edops armor #6
£5/$8
Shown in a 1.25 inch
gem jar for scale.
Archeria sp.
Archeria sp. vert #1
£4/$6
Good quality, complete.
Measuring ~22mm
Archeria sp. vert #5
£4/$6
Good quality, complete.
Measuring ~18mm
Archeria sp. vert #4
£4/$6
Good quality, complete.
Measuring ~18mm
Archeria sp. vert #3
£4/$6
Good quality, complete.
Measuring ~19mm
Seymouria sp. Intercentra - £6/$10
A rare, complete intercentra from this unusual reptile.
Measures ~12 mm. The only one we have ever had.
Archeria sp. tooth plate #1 - £5/$8
Shown in a 1.25 inch gem jar for scale.
Archeria sp. tooth plate #7 - £4/$6
Shown in a 1.25 inch gem jar for scale.
Archeria sp. tooth plate #6 - £8/$12
Shown in a 1.25 inch gem jar for scale.
Archeria sp. tooth plate #5 - £8/$12
Shown in a 1.25 inch gem jar for scale.
Archeria sp. tooth plate #4 - £6/$10
Shown in a 1.25 inch gem jar for scale.
Archeria sp. tooth plate #3 - £8/$12
Shown in a 1.25 inch gem jar for scale.
Archeria sp. tooth plate #2 - £5/$8
Shown in a 1.25 inch gem jar for scale.
Amphibians
Eryops Jaw #4 - £10/$15
A very good quality piece of Eryops jaw that preserves the sockets for the teeth. The specimen has nice
bone preservation and exhibits the robust construction typical of these large amphibians. The tooth that
would have fit in the socket in this specimen would have been huge!
Eryops Jaw #3 - £10/$15
A very good quality piece of Eryops jaw that
preserves the sockets for the teeth. The
specimen has nice bone preservation and
exhibits the robust construction typical of these
large amphibians.
Eryops Jaw #2 - £8/$12
A very good quality piece of Eryops jaw that
preserves the sockets for the teeth. The
specimen has nice bone preservation and
exhibits the robust construction typical of these
large amphibians.
Permian Red Beds Matrix I (fine)  - £50/$75
This is a large sample of matrix coming from the famous Permian Red Beds. Sharks dominate the fauna with teeth,
cartilage, skin and mucous membrane denticles being common. Fish, reptile and amphibian fossils are also to be found,
but as this material is representative of a river/lake deposit the freshwater sharks are dominant. The matrix has been
thoroughly washed and screened so that the maximum concentration of fossils has been achieved. Preservation is
excellent and includes partial to complete specimens, many of which exhibit diagnostic features. The particle size is
classed as fine (smaller than 1 mm) and so is heavy on the smallest shark fossils like the denticles and lateral teeth. A
set of specimen identification cards is included.
The images above show a stock photo of a typical collection. The tub weighs ~6 ounces. A tiny fraction of matrix is
seen in the enlargements, which show how obvious the fossils are. There are thousands of fossils in this sample.
We also offer a medium grit size collection with the specimens measuring 1 to 3 mm. The material is housed in a labelled
tub as seen above. There is about 4 ounces of material in the tub, which is practically full to capacity. An enlargement of
some of the typical contents of the medium fraction are seen right and include serrated teeth, double crowned shark
teeth and armor plates. There are notably fewer shark denticles in this fraction as they typically measure less than 1mm.
The enlargements show some of the specimens that are typically found in the medium grit collection. The fossils shown
are primarily shark teeth and skin or mucous membrane denticles.
Permian Red Beds Matrix II (medium) - £50/$75
For collectors not requiring large quantities of matrix we can offer the following samples:
Young County Matrix (fine fraction) - £6/$10
Nice material quite rich in shark denticles, teeth and other vertebrate remains. This fraction contains
the smallest vertebrate fossils that can be found in the Red Beds fauna. The sample comes housed
in a glass vial measuring ~60mm / 2.25 inches tall. The sorting tray in the image contains just a small
fraction of the total sample and measures 2 inches wide.
Young County Matrix (medium fraction) - £6/$10
Nice material quite rich in shark denticles, teeth and other vertebrate remains. This fraction contains
abundant pieces of
Orthocanthus serrated teeth and often complete specimens. The sample comes
housed in a glass vial measuring ~60mm / 2.25 inches tall. The sorting tray in the image contains just a
small fraction of the total sample and measures 2 inches wide.