17" Rare Notogoneus Fish Fossil - Wall Mountable Plate

 
 
This is a large, and very nice specimen of Notogoneus osculus one of the rarer species of fish from the Green River Formation of Wyoming. This specimen is 17" in length and located on a thick 31x21" slab of shale. The rock has been backed with wood for stability and a wall hanger installed, making this a very elegant, decorative specimen that can be hung on a wall.

Notogoneus was a predator and the down-turned mouth is probably an indicator that it fed on prey at the lakes bottom. It is thought that it's scarcity results from the fact that it is felt it migrated between the lake and the rivers that fed it throughout the year to feed.

The lake itself is known as "Fossil Lake" and it existed 50 million years ago in what is now Wyoming and is believed to have covered approximately 930 square miles. It had an unusual chemistry that inhibited the decay and scavenging of dead organisms while think layers of limestone and organic matter accumulated. This special set of circumstances has lead to the beautiful preservation of fish and other fossils within the Green River Formation.

FOR SALE
$1,895
DETAILS
SPECIES
Notogoneus osculus
LOCATION
Kemmerer, Wyoming
FORMATION
Green River Formation
SIZE
17" long, 31x21" rock
CATEGORY
ITEM
#51339
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