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    Description

    Large Fossil Gar
    Lepisosteus simplex
    Eocene
    Green River Formation
    Wyoming, USA

    Easily identified by their diamond-shaped ganoid scales, that serve as flexible armor in living examples, Gars are fairly uncommon in the fossil record of the Green River Formation and are among the most primitive of any fish. Their predatory nature is confirmed by the presence of numerous, sharp conical teeth in the elongated snout, a trait common to fish-eating predators worldwide including crocodiles, gavials, and alligators. The armor scales make fossilization more of a likelihood, and this exceptional 29 inch (74 cm) example was definitely preserved in good condition. This specimen has exceptional color which is not typical with specimens from the Green River Formation in general and often only occurs in certain layers of the formation which usually do not contain many fossils at all.
    Overall Measurements: 38.0 x 18.0 inches (96.5 x 45.7 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    [Scale: 48 inches]


    Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2016
    2nd Thursday
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