11.2" Fish Fossil (Phareodus) On Colorful Rock - Wyoming

This is a very nice, 11.2" long fossil fish (Phareodus) from the Green River Formation of Wyoming. We collected it about a month ago from the "gastropod layers" at the Lindgren Quarry outside of Kemmerer, Wyoming. It was found on an ash layer, hence the uniquely patterned, colorful rock. A really nicely preserved specimen with great fin detail and visible teeth in its mouth.

It comes with a display stand or we can add a backing and wall hanger upon request.

Phareodus had a mouthful of sharp pointy teeth making it a voracious lake predator. In fact the name Phareodus actually means "to have tooth". Spines from other fish such as Mioplosus and Priscacara have frequently been found preserved in their stomachs.

50 million years ago, in the Eocene, these fish thrived in Fossil Lake, which was fed by Uinta and Rocky Mountain highlands. The anoxic conditions at the bottom of Fossil Lake slowed bacterial decomposition, prevented scavengers from disturbing corpses, and most interestingly, suffocated creatures that ventured into the oxygen-starved aquatic layer. The result is a miraculous exhibition of Eocene biota in a subtropical aquatic community within sycamore forests teeming with creatures such as freshwater stingrays, dog-sized horses, menacing alligators, early flying bats, and one of the first primates.

A view of one of the commercial quarries where fossils from the Green River Formation are collected.
A view of one of the commercial quarries where fossils from the Green River Formation are collected.
FOR SALE
$1,075
DETAILS
SPECIES
Phareodus sp.
LOCATION
Lindgren Quarry, Kemmerer, Wyoming
FORMATION
Green River Formation, "Gastropod Layers"
SIZE
11.2" long on 17.5 x 11.7" rock
CATEGORY
ITEM
#225409
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