Lepisosteus simplex
    Green River Formation, Lincoln Co., Wyoming

    The Green River Garfish is one of the very rarest species in the abundant fossil record of the "Fossil Lake" area, and this is genuinely a first-class example. It was a slender eel-like creature with an elongated toothy snout; in addition to this effective predatory weapon, the body was encased in tightly-layered armor-like scales, making it a formidable presence in the 50 million year old waters. The Garfish was most probably found basking near the surface and, unusually, often breathing the atmospheric air. This specimen displays the highest standard of preparation and preservation, even for fossils from this region, with superb three-dimensionality from the bony head to the delicate fin and tail bones. Best of all are the layers of ganoid scales, thick heavy diamond-shaped plates with a lovely smooth, shimmering enamel-like surface of a natural chocolate brown coloration. This is an uncommonly large example, measuring 24 7/8 inches in length and its soft brown coloring in perfect harmony with the creamy limestone matrix, 19 x 32 inches - a truly world-class specimen.

    Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    17th Sunday
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