42.5" Stunning Green River Fossil Fish "Mural" with Large Mioplosus

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This is an impressive fossil fish "mural" from the Green River Formation. It was collected from the "gastropod layers" at the Lindgren Quarry outside of Kemmerer, Wyoming. The entire mural measures 42.5 x 35" and features a large, 13.7" wide Mioplosus labracoides, a 9.8" long Priscacara serrata fish, ten Knightia eocaena fish (ranging from 3.9" to 5.7"), and four Diplomystus dentatus fish (ranging from 3" to 5.9"). The majority of these fish were naturally preserved in this layer, with only two fish having been inlaid into the rock (a Knightia and the Priscacara).

The entire piece has been backed with wood for stability and includes a wood wall hanger so that it can easily be hung on a wall. It weighs just under 124 lbs and will be shipped in a wooden crate on a pallet.

50 million years ago, in the Eocene, these fish thrived in Fossil Lake, which was fed by the 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: 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.
Mioplosus labracoides, Priscacara serrata, Knightia eocaena & Diplomystus dentatus
Lindgren Quarry, Kemmerer, Wyoming
Green River Formation, "Gastropod Layer"
Rock: 42.5 x 35", Mioplosus: 13.7" long, Priscacara: 9.8" long, Weight: 123.7 lbs
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