Double Santana Formation Fish Plate
Super quality Racholepis Fish
Tharrias on the same plate
Tharrias and Racholepis 2
A superb fish plate featuring 2 species of fish from Brazil.
The fish date from the Lower Cretaceous, Late Aptian-Cenomanian, and are 108 to 92 million years old. They were discovered in the Santana Formation, Ceara, Northeastern Brazil.
Pesent on this plate is a trout-like fish, Racholepis buccalis.
They fed on other smaller fish, and soft bodied aquatic invertebrates such as mayflies, dragonflies, and molluscs
In addition we have another species of fish on this amazing plate, Tharrias araripis.
These were a Teleost, or ray-finned fish, and are a distant ancestor of today's tunafish, herrings, and marlin.
They preyed on smaller fish.
The Santana Formation is to be found in North East Brazil, in the Araripe Basin. The strata were laid down during the early Cretaceous Period.
The location produces exceptionally well preserved and diverse fauna & Flora. Over 25 species of fish are known, along with pterosaurs, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and plants. Many soft parts were preserved during fossilisation.
In the future it will become much more difficult to offer these spectacular fossils, as there are moves afoot to make the formation, and its fossil record, a protected area.
Both the fish are raised in 3D relief on the plate, making a stunning display.
This is a one off piece of natural art, and will look incredible when hung on a wall.
We can quote for framing if this is your preference.
Size: 35cms x 28cms