This is a cool, wall mountable display piece, featuring a piece of fossil driftwood and four fossil fish from the Green River Formation of Wyoming. The three fossil fish (9.4" Phareodus, 5.5" Diplomystus, 3.7" Diplomystus) have been inlaid into the rock for display purposes. The piece has been back with wood and a french cleat wall hanger installed.
50 million years ago, in the Eocene these fish thrived in Fossil Lake fed by Uinta and Rocky Mtn. 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.