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    FOSSIL FISH PLATE
    Priscacara liops
    Eocene
    Green River Formation, Wyoming

    A classic example, not only of this distinctive inhabitant of the Green River Fossil Lake system, but also of the excellent preservation to be found in the fossil record there. The Priscacara liops was the smaller of the two species in this genus (the other being the Priscacara serrata). Their name means "primitive head" and both species are immediately recognizable from the characteristically spiny dorsal and anal fins that may well have been a defense against being swallowed from behind. It was a schooling fish, and we have here three particularly fine examples, "swimming" gracefully across the pale limestone matrix. The largest is 5¾ inches long and the matrix is mounted in a stained wooden frame measuring 27 ½ x 23 ½ inches and ready for hanging.


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2008
    20th Sunday
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