Lot 1961: Natural History - Knightia Fossil Fish Pair
December 9, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Eocene Period, 56-33 million years BP. A group of two fossil Knightia alta fish in a matrix. 610 grams, 17cm (6 3/4"). From Warfield's Quarry, Kemmerer, Green River Formation, Wyoming, U.S.A, from the Pradi Collection, Boston, USA; acquired 1980s. In southwest Wyoming (and parts of Colorado and Utah) in the Green River Formation are found some of the world's most outstanding specimens of fossil fish. The Green River system was composed of three lakes: Lake Ulinta, Lake Gosiute and Fossil Lake. These Eocene Lakes lay in a series of intermountain basins formed by geological events that uplifted the Rocky Mountains during the early Tertiary time. The Climate was much different from the desert-like climate of this area today. Both the fauna (crocodiles, alligators, boa constrictors and some subtropical fish families) and the flora (such as large palm trees) indicate a climate much like that found along the Gulf Coast today. Large amounts of ash found in the sediments indicate that volcanoes were particularly active at this time. [No Reserve]
Condition Report: Fine condition.