12.7" Uncommon Fish Fossil (Phareodus) - Wyoming

 
 
This is a excellent, 12.7" long fossil fish (Phareodus), one of the more uncommon species from the Green River Formation. It was collected from the 18 inch layer of the formation at a quarry near Kemmerer, Wyoming. Excellent preservation and preparation. It comes with a display stand but we can add a backing and wall mounting hardware 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.

It comes from the coveted 18 inch layer of the Green River Formation which produces darker and more detailed fish than the majority on the market. The rock from this layer is much harder and more durable. This layer is typically collected at night using low angle light to see the bump in the rock that the back bone creates. They then cut these fish out and take them to a lab where the fish which may be up to an inch under the surface of the rock are meticulously extracted under microscope with hand tools.

50 million years ago, in the Eocene these fish thrived in Fossil Lake fed by Uinta and Rocky Mtn. 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.
FOR SALE
$995
DETAILS
SPECIES
Phareodus
LOCATION
Kemmerer, Wyoming
FORMATION
Green River Formation
SIZE
12.7" long on 15.3 x 8.4" rock
CATEGORY
ITEM
#144136
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