4.6" Fossil Fish (Diplomystus) - Green River Formation

This is a nicely preserved, 4.6" long fossil fish (Diplomystus dentatus) collected from Warfield's Quarry near Kemmerer, Wyoming. The detail on this specimen is very nice with bone structure and fins easily visible.

This specimen includes an acrylic display stand.

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.

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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Diplomystus dentatus
LOCATION
Warfield's Quarry, Kemmerer, Wyoming
FORMATION
Green River Formation
SIZE
4.6" fish on 5.5 x 2.7" rock
CATEGORY
ITEM
#136757
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