4 Foot Wide, Natural Fossil Fish Mortality Plate - Wyoming
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This 48" wide fossil fish "Mural" with 21 naturally associated fish, would make a stunning centerpiece in any room. It's like having a window that looks under the water and into the past right from your home! Murals like this are commonly made by individually extracting the fish fossils and carefully inlaying them into a larger piece of shale to create a natural aesthetic. This is not the case with this specimen! Each fish is in its natural place within the rock, which is quite uncommon for a fossil plate of this size. These fish came out of the Lindgren Quarry near Kemmerer, Wyoming.
A combination of natural preservation and skilled preparation brings these prehistoric waters to life in a piece that's sure to be a conversation starter! Backed with wood for stability and having an included wood wall hanger, it's ready to be hung on the wall or mantle right away.
Entire plate: 46" x 24"
Knighta (x20): Range from 4.3" - 5.3"
Weight: 110 lbs
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.