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    Incredible Fossil Fish Mural
    Notogoneus sp. Phareodus sp.; & more
    Eocene, Green River Formation
    Wyoming, USA

    The fabulous fossil fish from the world-renowned Green River Formation in Wyoming are some of the most popular and recognizable fossils in the world. Over the decades, this classic locality has produced a multitude of specimens of both relatively common and exceptionally uncommon varieties. During the Eocene, some 40 to 50 million years ago, Green River was a series of three freshwater lakes characterized by sediments deposited in very fine layers. Each pair of layers, which represent a dark layer during the growing season and a light layer during the dry season, is known as a "varve" and represents one year. These thin layers have resulted in a veritable "fossil factory:" presenting a continuous record over a period of six million years. As the locality has developed over time, commercial quarries have come online producing fossil fish and other specimens in large quantities. Larger specimens, such as this incredible fossil fish mural measuring roughly 6 feet x 4 feet (1.8 x 1.2 meters), are now often produced by companies that quarry the fossil-rich shale; and they market huge, and usually framed, works of natural art for various installations and applications. This amazing prehistoric scene features an array of different species of extinct fish which have been painstakingly prepared. This decorative mural includes a rare Notogoneus, as well as an uncommon Phareodus, and various other fossil fish varieties. The fossils are a rich deep brown, and contrast swimmingly with the mottled tan and gray background of the shale. The sheer size of this fossil mural makes it spectacular, but the quality of the fossil fish, and expertise of preparation, really put this over the top. This is a centerpiece looking for a home. The stars of this aquatic diorama are the rare Notogoneus which measures an impressive 22 inches (56 cm) and the robust Phareodus, which weighs in at a substantial 13 inches (33 cm). These are both in great condition, as are the other fossil fish specimens on this vertical mural. The large Notogoneus has a raised and pronounced spinal column that is very well preserved. This "dirty dozen" includes three Priscacara, in addition to the two large fish, as well as a fairly large Diplomystus just to mention a few. The substantial "island" layers are dashed wtih wonderful folds, fractures, and trace fossils or "trackways" created by the fins of ancient scavenger fish as they traveled across the silt bottom of this prehistoric lake. The stone also features a bold diagonal slip fracture unique to the darker shale layers of the formation. All of these natural elements work together to capture this ancient marine diorama. The large mural is already fit for a wall hanging and includes a custom wooden cleat system to ensure precise and safe installation. The piece comes with a "Certificate of Authenticity" which attests to the quality of the fossil specimens. The frame is made of imported Wenge hardwood.
    Overall Measurements: 73.0 x 48.0 x 3.0 inches (185.4 x 121.9 x 7.6 cm)

    Condition Report*: Condition report available upon request.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    4th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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