Rare, 18" Long Notogoneus Fish Fossil - Wyoming

This is a large, and exceptionally nice specimen of Notogoneus osculus one of the rare species of fish from the Green River Formation of Wyoming. This specimen is 18" in length and located on a thick 22.2x12.7 slab of shale. We can back the piece and install a french cleat hanging system to allow it to be easily hung on a wall at no charge.

Notogoneus was a predator and the down-turned mouth is probably an indicator that it fed on prey at the lakes bottom. It is thought that it's scarcity results from the fact that it is felt it migrated between the lake and the rivers that fed it throughout the year to feed.

The lake itself is known as "Fossil Lake" and it existed 50 million years ago in what is now Wyoming and is believed to have covered approximately 930 square miles. It had an unusual chemistry that inhibited the decay and scavenging of dead organisms while think layers of limestone and organic matter accumulated. This special set of circumstances has lead to the beautiful preservation of fish and other fossils within the Green River Formation.
Notogoneus osculus
Warfield's Quarry, Kemmerer, Wyoming
Green River Formation
18" long, 22.2x12.7" rock
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