15.6" Uncommon Fish Fossil (Mioplosus) - Wyoming

 
 
This is a very nice 15.6" long fossil fish (Mioplosus labracoides), one of the more uncommon species from the Green River Formation. It was collected from the 18 inch layer at a quarry near Kemmerer, Wyoming. Excellent preservation and preparation on this specimen.

It is nicely centered on a 21 x 8.8" thick slab of rock and comes with a display stand. Upon request, we can add a backing and french cleat hanger at no additional charge.

 

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
Mioplosus labracoides
LOCATION
Kemmerer, Wyoming
FORMATION
Green River Formation, 18 Inch Layer
SIZE
15.6" long on 21 x 8.8" rock
CATEGORY
ITEM
#172946
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