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Lot 37: FOSSIL FISH PAIR PLAQUE

Natural History Auction

by I.M. Chait

May 16, 2010

Beverly Hills, CA, USA

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Description: FOSSIL FISH PAIR PLAQUE
Diplomystus dentatus
Eocene
Green River Formation, Lincoln Co., Wyoming

The Fossil Butte member of Green River, Wyoming is justly famed for the quality and abundance of its fish fossils. 50 million years ago a network of subtropical lakes covered the area, home to over 19 genera of fish. The Diplomystus, with its upturned jaw and bristling little teeth, was one of the main predators in these waters, and here are two fine examples. Exhibiting the typically fine detail of fossils from this locale, they have a lovely deep brown coloring that contrasts beautifully with the pale limestone matrix, presented in a glazed wooden frame 25 1/4 x 25 3/8 inches.

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