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    SENSATIONAL FOSSIL FISH ASPIRATION
    Mioplosus labracoides and Knightia eocena
    Eocene
    Green River Formation, Wyoming
    The Eocene Fossil Lake Formation of Wyoming is the source of some of the finest fossil fish in the entire world, but even by its own high standards this specimen is exceptional. One of the predaceous perch-like Mioplosus met a sorry end as it tried to gobble down one of the lake system's populous herring-like Knightia, choking itself to death; 50 million years of fossilization has preserved the moment of its last meal as a snapshot in time forever. The detail to the fossils is superb, with excellent three-dimensionality to the larger fish's vertebrae and bony head, and the whole piece has been prepared to the highest standards. Fossil examples of one fish in the act of swallowing another (known as an Aspiration) are extremely rare, and few are as fine as this one; the Mioplosus measures 10 7/8 inches long, the Knightia protruding a little over 2 inches from its mouth, and the dark brown of the fossils leaps dramatically from the pale limestone matrix 15¾ x 12½ inches.


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