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This is one of the finest examples of a fossil gar, which are seldom this well preserved. The specimen stands out beautifully in three-dimensional relief on a large shale slab.
Several features of this fossil make it an outstanding piece. In particular, the presence of teeth is amazing and fine details of the fins, snout, and scales are immaculately preserved. Furthermore, gars are among the rarest types of fossil fish.
It swam in thriving ancient Eocene lakes 50 million years ago in Wyoming and comes from the famous Green River Formation, known to produce some of the most spectacular vertebrate fossils.
Along with this amazing gar is a gorgeous Phareodus testis, a predatory bony fish related to present day_ _Arowana.
Gars are unique ray-finned fish with armour-like scales and an elongated snout. These "living fossils" first appeared in the Cretaceous Period, the last age of the dinosaurs. Interestingly, gars sometimes surface to breathe air, a prehistoric characteristic.
Weeks of painstaking work by a professional fossil preparator were needed to uncover the fine bones, fins and intricate details to ultimately bring these spectacular prehistoric fish to life.
Gar Species: Lepisosteus simplex
Overall dimensions (with frame): 43.25 x 27.5 x 2.3 inches. Gar measures 28.5 x 9 inches (72.3 cm x 23 cm).
Certificate of authenticity included.
Framed and ready for wall hanging with a French cleat system.
Shipping included in North America. Will be securely shipped in a wooden crate. For other worldwide locations, please contact usfor a shipping estimate.