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    FOSSIL FISH EATING ANOTHER FOSSIL FISH
    Diplomystus sp. and Knightia sp.
    Eocene
    Green River Formation, Wyoming

    This unfortunate Diplomystus was attempting to dine on a small Knightia in the waters of the enormous freshwater Green River lake system when he choked to death before completing his final meal. The smaller fish protrudes 1 ¼ inches from the mouth of the 4 inch long Diplomystus and was itself probably about 3 ¼ inches long before it was caught by this voracious predator.
    This unusual arrangement, of one fish in the process of swallowing another, is an extremely rare find, and is known as an aspiration. A dramatic moment in time that occurred 35-50 million years ago, captured in stone for all eternity. The complete specimen on matrix measures 10 ¾ x 7 ¾ inches.


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    18th Sunday
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