Description

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

    Readilly identified by the diamond-shaped ganoid scales, which 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 of specimens from the Green River lagerst├Ątte in general, and often only occurs in certain layers of the formation which usually do not contain many fossils at all. This is a museum piece.
    Overall Measurements: 38.0 x 18.0 inches (96.5 x 45.7 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    [Scale: 48 inches]


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    November, 2016
    3rd Thursday
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