Framed triple fish plate
Diplomystus &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Knightia (hunter &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; prey)
Diplomystus with great preservation
Triple fish plate
Age: Eocene (50m. years old)
Fossil site: Green River Formation, Fossil Lake Wyoming, USA
Description: This wonderful triple fossil plate comes from the world famous Laggerstatten Green River.
The site produces a large extent of soft tissue preservation as evidenced by these 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 fossilised fish in the world.
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.
Knightia were common, and were unfortunate enough to be the prey of most of the other fish that existed at that time.
The dark colour of the fish is a good counter point to the light matrix.
During the Eocene the region was sub tropical to temperate.
The preservation on these fish is quite amazing.
Sympathetically framed, this large and spectacular piece is perfect to display in the home or office.Fossil Fish: 15cms longFrame: 68cms x 69cm