This Specimen has been sold.
Fossil Branch And Fish (Diplomystus) - Wall Hanger
This is a fossil branch (unidentified) from the Green River Formation of Wyoming along with a 3.3" long fossil fish (Diplomystus) which has been inlaid into the rock. Other than the inlaying of the fish there has been no enhancement or restoration to the piece. It measures 14 x 14.2" and has been back with wood and a wall hanger installed.
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.