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    LARGE FRAMED MIOPLOSUS FOSSIL FISH
    Mioplosus labracoides
    Lower Eocene, Green River Formation
    Kemmerer, Wyoming, USA

    It is hard to grasp that a place 7,000 feet above sea level was part of the Gulf of Mexico, but that's just what Kemmerer, Wyoming used to be. It was also a tad warmer and a bit more sultry - kind of like Tallahassee, Florida: palm trees and Alligators. Included in the mix was a lake dwelling predaceous fish called Mioplasus or "Mio" for short. Nobody's BFF, Mios were solitary and they made their living picking off the slow and the stupid among their fellow lake denizens. There never was a large population of Mios but this one made it to adulthood and then died and sank into a soft casket of limy sediment on the lake bottom. Time passed, and as the lake dried up and the area rose, the pressure of the overlying sediments inexorably squished those soft, oozy muds into solid rock. Sun-addled diggers with spring steel chisels split that rock and sometimes - they find a fish, or a bat or a turtle or a Mio like this one. Perfectly preserved, our Mio measures 13.5 inches (34.29 cm) from nose to tail.
    Overall Measurements: 31.25 x 21.5 inches (79.38 x 54.61 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.


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    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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