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    SUPERB MULTI-FISH PLAQUE
    Priscacara liops, Priscacara serrata, Knightia alta, Diplomystus dentata
    Eocene
    Green River Formation, Wyoming

    Known now as the "Fossil Lake", the 25,000 square mile Green River Formation in Wyoming was an interconnected system of inland freshwater lakes. Today it 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. This superb plaque exhibits that variety, with multiple examples of separate species, from the larval Diplomystus (2⅞ inches long) to the fearsome looking full-grown version (18 inches long). The predaceous Diplomystus is a relative of today's herring, with a distinctive upturned mouth bristling with teeth, ideally suited for surface-feeding. One of its most common prey was the smaller Knightia, present here in several examples (also a relative of the herring and an abundant denizen of the Fossil Lake). To the Knightia goes the honor of being Wyoming's official State Fossil. Two species of Priscacara also roamed these waters, the P. liops which rarely exceeded 6 inches in length, and the P. serrata which often grew as large as 14¾ inches. The notable aspect of all fossils from this locality is the superb state of preservation they display, perfectly exhibited by the present example. The fish all boast the superb detail of bone structure and texture familiar in these specimens, and their dark brown coloring stands out in fine aesthetic contrast from the pale cream matrix. A magnificent display piece, it measures 39½ x 51¼ inches.


    Estimate: $16,000 - $20,000.

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    June, 2008
    8th Sunday
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