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    Diplomystus dentatus, Priscacara liops
    Green River Formation, Lincoln Co., Wyoming, USA
    This dramatic table has been fashioned from a single slab of Green River oil shale. This Wyoming formation is renowned for its abundance of finely preserved fossil fish; most of these come from the so-called 18-inch layer, where the kerogen-rich shale takes on darker tones. Fashioned into a round disc, the plaque bears the rich, black skeleton of a large Diplomystus dentatus, the predaceous herring that roamed the waters of Fossil Lake: a subtropical lake system of 50 million years ago. A fine and large fossil, it measures 19 inches (48 cm) long and is polished to provide a smooth surface as part of the table top. It nonetheless retains fine skeletal detail, from the bony head to the robust ribs and slender tail bones. The same subtle coloring of the fine cream and gray swirling patterns of the stone matrix also surrounds a small example of an ancient perch: Priscacara liops, 4¾ inches long, of equally fine detail. Measuring 35 7/8 inches in diameter, the 1¾-inch (4.4 cm) thick table top is further distinguished by the distinct and contrasting lines of cream and black strata running around its edge, presented on a quatrefoil stand with elegantly inswept legs, 30½ inches (77.5 cm) high overall. Minor repaired nick to one edge.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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