Diplomystus dentatus, Phareodus sp., Knightia sp.
    Green River Formation, Wyoming

    The 25,000 square mile Green River formation in Wyoming is one of the most abundant and well-preserved sources of freshwater fossils in the world, producing some 19 genera of fish from the Eocene epoch, 35-55 million years ago. Presented here on one matrix are three examples of the more common inhabitants of this prehistoric lake, uncommon in their finely-detailed preparation and superb presentation. The 19½-inch long Diplomystus, with its distinctive upturned mouth, was a relative of the modern-day herring and sardine, and is often found in close proximity to one of its favorite snacks, the small and slender Knightia; dynamically overlapping the larger fossil, the example here measures 7 inches long. Hovering onto the scene is a third fish, an 8-inch long Phareodus with its distinctive dorsal and anal fins, and together the three provide a fine aesthetic picture of the variety of life to be found in these ancient waters. The 32 x 41 inches natural matrix plate comes framed in wood and ready to hang.

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    January, 2008
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