THÉTIS chooses its suppliers for their capacities, their honesty and professional reliability, their guarantee of confidentiality, and the consistency of quality in the extraction of raw fossils.
THÉTIS inquires about the veracity of the scientific documents accompanying the skeleton and exchanges and dialogues at length with its suppliers.
Each acquisition on your behalf is therefore the result of special research and reflection on your request and your needs.
Each year the excavation season restarts in May and ends in October, and each time we are thrilled to discover which new specimens can be offered to our customers, provided that they correspond to our quality standards of skeletons complete in at least 70% of its original bone mass.
Do not hesitate to contact us at any time of the year to let us know about your requests or to find out what we already have in stock.
Below are some examples of specimens prepared and delivered by Thétis recently.
Very important and impressive skeleton of a Mammoth
Age : about 40,000 - 50,000 years
Size : 6m x 3.5m Unique size, and huge tusks. (54 - 56 kg.)
Due to the huge size of the tusks, special additional supports were required under each tusk (see photo). One of the largest specimens we ever found!
"The mammoth is an iconic animal of prehistory. It is brought closer to us by the fact that it lived with Man, and that we are still finding carcasses with their flesh and hairy skin preserved in the frozen wastes of Siberia.
But its disappearance around 10,000 years ago, even if some managed to survive until 3,700 years ago in Siberia's Wrangel Island, went hand in hand with the extinction of many other species in the Old and New World.
Other periods, when species disappeared, some to a far greater extent, have marked the history of life on Earth, and it is fascinating to measure the importance of these facts, and see what the disappearances of mammoths and other large vertebrates can teach us about extinctions and their connection with climate change."
Source: Alain Foucault - Extinction des mammouths et changement climatique (Mammoth extinction and climate change).
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This species was contemporary with Neanderthals in the Middle Palaeolithic and Homo Sapiens in the Upper Palaeolithic and died out around 12,000 years BC.
The mammoth was the biggest land mammal of all time, It is the representative of a marvelous species that has clearly marked our imaginations and film culture.
It is also the animal that symbolizes prehistory par excellence, as witness the fact that it represented over 100 times in the famous prehistoric cave at Rouffignac in France. Artistically it has remained just as contemporary in the 20th and 21st centuries in films such as the Ice Age series.
This specimen is presented in a walking position. Its exceptionally well-preserved condition means that it has only a few standard minor restorations. This magnificent mammoth skeleton could be baptized in a private ceremony: it longs to find a new place to settle down!
This remarkable mammoth specimen is also one of very few in the world possessing all the commercial authorizations. It can thus be promoted, exported, resold, and used publicly for commercial purposes.
The mammoth conveys an image of strength, as well as an eco-environmental message, and arouses visitors' empathy in a touristic venue. It is a distant cousin of elephants and the illustrious representative Babar, the hero of the children's stories created by Jean de Brunhoff.
As a result, it has been an incredible vector in terms of commercial impact and advertising for industries. For example, the Cave de Montfrin (France) boasts a specimen that has considerably increased its turnover and doubled its visitor flows, while the Faena Hotel in Miami (United States) has a mammoth entirely covered in gold leaf on show.
The mammoth, an extinct prehistoric animal, also looks set to become the animal of the future and a burningly topical subject. This is because numerous scientific projects are aiming to recreate it. Since this possibility is gradually emerging at a time when genetic research and cloning are making huge progress, it is worth considering that the acquisition of such a remarkable skeleton would decidedly position its owner or its owner's activities as a subject very much in the public eye, which will continue to draw attention in the century opening out to the younger generations.
Your future mammoth fossil can be presented on a base in blond oak, dark oak, with moldings, or on a modern base with pure lines (possibility of lacquering the base, or gilding it entirely, please consult us on these points), reconstructed according to the standards of modern paleontology with the bones found in a mammoth fossil bed.
Placed in a scientifically correct position and thus giving a strong and spectacular visual impression, this mammoth skeleton, a true work of natural art in the spirit of the Surrealists, is indisputably still a rare and exceptional subject that Eric Mickeler has had the good fortune to appraise, for some twenty years now, as he was historically the expert on all the mammoth specimens that have made the headlines.
Age : Early Cretaceous
Formation: Cloverly Formation 115-108 million years
Size : Aproximately 5.7 meters
Date of excavation: 2021/2021
Completeness: 75 to 85% of original bone mass
A very muscular and robust creature, this herding dinosaur lived in North America at the beginning of the Cretaceous period.
Collecting low vegetation on four feet and perhaps also standing up in a biped position thanks to its strong posterior limbs in order to reach the highest tree branches, the Tenontosaurus fed itself plants that it could pull off with its horned beak and then chew them with the help of its teeth, which were all placed in the back of its throat.
This dinosaur was extremely large by comparison to other dinosaurs of the same category. It was stocky and able to walk on four legs as well as two. It had a wide mouth which allowed it to swallow a great deal of food at once and also, notably, a very long tail, which was powerful enough to serve as a whip for it to defend itself, in the manner of large quadruped dinosaurs.
Like them, this dinosaur weighed too much to flee quickly and often had to confront its aggressors. Its defensive tail was much larger than the central part of its body.
The name "Tenontosaurus" means "tendon reptile" (the word "tenon" means "tendon" in Greek) and the dinosaur could grow to 7 meters in length and its weight could reach 1 ton
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Important Woolly Rhinoceros skeleton.
Period : Superior Pleistocene, Quaternary Era
Dimensions : 4.5m x 1.1m x 1.6m
This woolly rhinoceros, whose bones were found in a fossil bed, in possible company with bones from other subjects, is a rhinoceros with septum nostrils, named so due to the strong bony nasal septum that supports the powerful horn.
It is also more commonly known as the Woolly Rhinoceros because of the coat it had. It lived during the last two ice ages and disappeared with the last ice retreat, about 10,000 years ago.
It can be found on the walls of many prehistoric caves painted by the first humans. This beautiful specimen is presented on a base made of blond oak woodwork.
Horns restored. Rare.
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AN EXCEPTIONAL PECTEN PLAQUE, BURDIGALIEN, LACOSTE, FRANCE
Limestone with Pectinidae, a witness of the Miocene Sea in the South-East of France.
The size of the Pectens (fossilized scallops) varies between 10 and 15 cm. They pile up naturally and give a natural response to the works of the French artist César.
This natural work of art can be presented in a stone frame, in a wall recess, or used as a facade for a chimney hood. It also produces an extraordinary effect in a bathroom or on the walls of an indoor swimming pool.
Approximate dimensions of a plaque: height 205 cm; width 110 cm; depth. 23 cm; other dimensions are available on request.
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Sea Lily Fossils (SEIROCRINUS SUBANGULARIS, CRINOIDEA FAMILY), Lower Jurassic, Lias Epsilon II 3 Formation in Holzmaden, South of Germany.
Different sizes are available.
The Seirocrinus subangularis is scientifically part of the Echinoderm class, which in Greek means "spikey skin." It belongs to a very ancient marine animal group; its first fossils appeared around the Cambian period.
There are about 7,000 species living today, the most famous being the sea urchin, and 13,000 other species which have disappeared.
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With a supernatural, almost surreal look, they bear certain unique characteristics in the animal world, such as a pentaradiant symmetry and an aquifer system.
Despite its name and flowery shape, it is far from being a plant. Rather, it is a "tentacular" sea animal. It expands into a crown shape in order to feed through a filtering organ which captures plankton.
Sea lilies lived attached to a drifting piece of wood amidst colonies or, following the example of this magnificent specimen, as an isolated animal drifting freely in the ocean. We notice, at the bottom of the lily, the chunk of wood to which it attached itself, fossilized at the same time.
The fossil's black tint, and its elegant and sober presentation, against the stone panel, heighten the prehistoric evocation, as an important natural modern work of art. This specimen, aside from its remarkable size and its incomparable beauty, is absolutely exceptionally preserved.
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Remarkable Palm Frond Fossil, with fossilized fish
50 million years ago, in a climate much like that of Florida today, this palm frond reigned in south-west Wyoming. The whole region was then a genuine vegetal and aquatic paradise for tortoises, fish, crocodiles, and other aquatic species.
Meanwhile, luxuriant vegetation reigned on land, the evocation of which is brilliantly illustrated by this spectacular fossilized palm tree leaf, which is very representative of the primitive and magnificent flora of the Eocene Epoch.
The palm tree leaf was possibly surrounded by several fish which, lying on the sea bed, were fossilized together with it, in such perfect circumstances that no fish has been modified or added by man. The tips of the leaf are entirely natural, with no corrective touches, notwithstanding the fact that the delicacy of the points is utterly unique.
Finding intact fossilized palm trees is very rare because of their fragility. Thus, few specimens of good size and of remarkable quality, like those of THÉTIS, have been excavated.
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