Diplomystus dentatus Fossil Fish from Green River Formation

Diplomystus dentatus

Geologic Time: Eocene

Size: 20.5 inches

Fossil Site: Fossil Lake, Green River Formation, Wyoming

Diplomystus Fossil FishDiplomystus' morphology, including its upturned mouth is prototypic of a surface feeding fish. The genus are herrings that likely fed on small surface dwelling fish as Knightia, is evidenced by numerous fossils found with Knightia is the stomach or mouth. The genus Diplomystus is also found to occur in Cretaceous strata in South America, as well as Cretaceous Lebanon.

This Diplomystus specimen exemplifies the very best from the Eocene Green River Formation, in terms of size, bone and soft tissue preservation and professional preparation. In short, they come no better. The plate is artistically rendered for display, and the perimeter of the fish has been sculpted and contoured adding to its inherent appeal.

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