Fossil Fish Aspiration
    Diplomystus dentatus and Knightia eocaena
    Green River Formation
    Wyoming, USA

    This framed fossil fish is, clearly, not just a single specimen but rather an Eocene "action scene" from the Green River Formation so prolific for producing quality fossil fish. The phenomenon captured here is one relatively rare occurrence, known as an aspiration, where a larger fish dies while swallowing and choking on a smaller (but obviously not small enough) fish. This ancient "picture" features a well-preserved, dark and large Diplomystus with a Knightia (or at least part of it) still sticking out of its mouth. Tail to tail, as it were, the "combination" fish measures 13 inches (33 cm). The fossils have a rich reddish-brownish-black coloration which varies tonally over the two fish. The matrix rock is mottled with a predominantly tan hue over the majority, with a lot of texture due to the thin, "varve" layers associated with the formation and locality. The rectangular brick is framed in a basic brown and black wooden frame with a cleat for hanging.
    Overall Measurements: 19.50 x 13.00 x 1.00 inches (49.53 x 33.02 x 2.54 cm)

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

    Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2017
    29th-30th Saturday-Sunday
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