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    FOSSIL BASS
    Priscacara serrata
    Eocene
    Green River Formation, Wyoming

    The Green River Formation is renowned as the source of some of the finest fish fossils to be found anywhere in the world, and this reputation is only enhanced by the world-class skill of those who prepare the specimens so painstakingly excavated from the limestone beds. Even amongst such exalted company, the present example is an outstanding specimen of one of the 19 genera of fish to be found in these prehistoric waters. The detail of the bones, from tip to tail, is staggering, and the aesthetic appeal only enhanced by the three-dimensionality preserved by the preparator's artful touch. The name Priscacara means "primitive head", and the genus was shaped rather like the modern-day sunfish. Of the two species - liops and serrata - the former was considerably smaller, and so the fossil here offered represents an exceptionally fine and rare example of these sought-after specimens. The fish itself measures 13½ inches long, in a contrastingly pale matrix mounted in an ebonized wooden frame bordered by rubbed gilt molding, measuring 24 x 20 inches overall and ready for hanging.


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    January, 2008
    20th Sunday
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