Impressive, 15.2" Priscacara & Knighta Fossil Fish Plate - Wyoming

These are two nicely preserved fossil fish from the Eocene age Green River Formation of Kemmerer, Wyoming. The Priscacara serrata fish is quite large and detailed, bearing wonderfully preserved bone, scale and fin preservation. It measures just over 8" wide and is naturally associated with a 4.5" wide Knightia fish fossil.

Comes with an acrylic/metal (gibson) display stand.

50 million years ago, in the Eocene these fish thrived in Fossil Lake 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.

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
Priscacara serrata & Knightia eocaena
LOCATION
Lindgren Quarry, Kemmerer, Wyoming
FORMATION
Green River Formation
SIZE
Priscacara: 8" Wide, Rock: 15.2 x 14.3"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#189308
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