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36.5" Fossil Palm Frond and Two Fish (Priscacara) Plate - Wyoming
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This is a natural palm frond fossil from the Green River Formation of Wyoming along with two fossil fish (Cockerellites liops) which have been inlaid into the rock. The fish measure 4.7" each and the palm frond is 24" wide (longest measurement).
Many of the palm fossils from the Green River Formation are heavily "enhanced" (painted), but not this one. The entire piece measures 36.5 x 27.3" and has been backed with wood. Upon request, we will install a french cleat wall hanger at no additional charge (please include preferred orientation).
50 million years ago, in the Eocene these fish thrived in Fossil Lake 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.