Description

    FOSSIL GARFISH
    Lepisosteus simplex
    Green River Formation, Kemmerer, Sweetwater Co., Wyoming, USA
    Eocene (55.8 to 33.9 million years ago)

    Gars have lived in North American waters for over 50 million years, as evidenced by this specimen, and continue to do so today. Because the Fossil Gars from the Green River Formation near Kemmerer, Wyoming, are so strikingly similar to today's Gars, they are considered to be members of the modern genus Lepisosteus. The most striking feature of Gars are the hard, shiny, diamond-shaped, armor-like scales that encase the body, giving even this fossil specimen a strong 3-dimensionality. The rounded, torpedo-shaped body ends in a broad-based tail that is slightly asymmetrical and its mouth is filled with a multitude of small, sharp teeth. Fossil Gars are amongst the rarest species of fossil fish found in the Green River Formation. This excellent specimen has good positioning on the plate with a minimal amount of rotation - unlike most other specimens which have rotated during the deposition process and whose preservation is therefore distorted. Almost all of its rich brown, shiny, diamond scales are intact and the head is complete. There is the normal and expected amount of restoration to the fins and tail. The Gar itself measures 20¼ inches long and is centered on a matrix plate that is 26¾ inches long x 12¼ inches wide x 1 3/8 inches thick.


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