6.1" Mississippian Coelacanth (Caridosuctor) Fossil - Montana

This is a 6.1" long coelacanth (Caridosuctor populosum) fossil from the Bear Gulch Limestone (Heath Shale Formation) of Fergus County, Montana. The back of the shale has been coated in an epoxy to ensure structural integrity of the specimen. An acrylic display stand will accompany your purchase.

There are some spots of restoration on this specimen. They can be found along the repaired cracks that cross through the body of the coelacanth. The "secondary tail" that extends past the upper and lower half of the primary tail has been restored. The dorsal and pelvic fins have also undergone some touchup restoration.

Caridosuctor is a genus of prehistoric coelacanth, a lobe-finned fish, which lived during the Carboniferous period (Serpukhovian stage, about 318 - 326 million years ago). Fossils of it have been found in the Bear Gulch beds of the Heath Formation in central Montana, These limestone layers constitute one of the lesser-known conservation Lager- stätten, but are of great significance because they contain one of the most diverse and best preserved fossil fish assemblages in the world.
Caridosuctor populosum
Fergus County, Montana
Bear Gulch Limestone Member - Heath Shale Formation
Coelacanth: 6.1" long, Shale: 7.8 x 5.2
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