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In this breathtaking shale mural, three different types of prehistoric fish are aesthetically featured.
These fish swam in thriving ancient Eocene lakes in Wyoming, USA, 50 million years ago and were discovered in the famous Green River Formation, known to produce some of the most spectacular vertebrate fossils.
The dominant specimen is a large predatory fish called Phareodus,_ _which is a relative of present day Arowana. It is among the rarer species of fish in the Green River Formation. Interestingly, Phareodus fossils have even been found with small fish preserved in their mouths or stomachs. Also present is a pair of spiny Cockerellites liops, which are related to modern bass, and two _Diplomystus dentatus, _which are related to modern herrings.
It took over 100 hours of painstaking work by a professional fossil preparator to reveal the fine bones, fins and other intricate details of these fossils. The ancient fish seem to swim through time and transform the mural into a stunning piece of natural art.
The large Phareodus measures 21.6 inches. The Diplomystus measure 16.5 inches and 9 inches respectively and the Cockerellites measure 6.7 inches and 5.5 inches respectively. The plate measures 65.75 inches long by 24 inches wide and 3.25 inches thick. The approximate weight is 225 pounds.
Certificate of authenticity included.
Ready to hang flush on a wall with a French cleat.
The smaller fish were inset in the shale.
Shipping included in North America. Will be securely shipped in a wooden crate. For all other worldwide locations, please contact us to receive an shipping estimate.