Multi-fish plate with leaf inclusion
Close up of Diplomystus
Close up of Knightia
Superb leaf inclusion
FISH PLATE GREEN RIVER 2
On offer is a beautiful multi-fish and leaf plate, from the world famous Green River Formation, Wyoming, USA.
It dates from the Eocene Period, and is 50 million years old.
This is a large and extremely well preserved piece, with two fish, a Diplomystus and a Knightia, plus the added bonus of a leaf inclusion.
Diplomystus is distantly related to modern herrings, and was a surface feeder, as shown by their upturned mouths, and body shape.
They fed on smaller surface dwelling fish.
Also included is a very good specimen of the fossil fish, Knightia.
Knightia were common, and were unfortunate enough to be the prey of most of the other fish that existed at that time.
In addition to the fish, is a leaf, that had presumably blown into the water, and was fossillised along with the fish.
50 million years ago a lake existed in what is now Wyoming, with a size of around 930 square miles. The unusual chemistry of the lake prevented decay and the scavenging of the dead organisms, while thin layers of alternating limestone and organic matter slowly accumulated.
The resulting limestone beds contain the highest concentration of fossillised fish in the world.
During the Eocene the region was sub tropical to temperate.
A piece of "Fossil Art" for display in the home, or office.
Size: 44cms x 26cms