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    SUPERB FOSSIL FISH
    Diplomystus dentatus
    Eocene
    Green River Formation, Lincoln Co., Wyoming, USA

    A classic Green River fossil, this plaque presents one of the most successful predators to roam 50-40 million year-old waters of the Green River Formation's subtropical lake system. The predaceous herring Diplomystus is instantly recognizable by its distinctive upturned and fearsomely-toothed mouth, indicative that it was probably a surface-feeder. Its usual snack was the abundant, sprat-like Knightia that also inhabited these waters. The fossils of Green River are renowned for their quality, but even by such high standards this is a superlative specimen, with first-rate detail and three-dimensionality to the bony head and robust vertebrae, and excellent ribs and fins. What is more, it is a particularly large specimen at 18½ inches long, with lovely dark brown coloring in striking contract to the creamy limestone matrix, characterfully striated with orange, in a dark veneered-wood frame ready for hanging, 20 x 31⅞ inches overall.


    Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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