Rare Monte Bolca Mene rhombea Fish Fossil

An Exquisitely Preserved Museum Fossil

Mene rhombea

Class Actinopterygii, Order Perciformes, Family Menidae

Geological Time: Middle Eocene, Lutetian Stage (~ 45 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fish fossil is: Overall, 100 mm long (tip of nose to tip of tail along backbone) by 145 mm tall (with fins); Body: 90 mm long by 75 mm tall on a 220 mm by 235 mm matrix.

Fossil Site: Monte Bolca, Italy

Fossil Code: ITF01

Price: Sold

Rare Monte Bolca Mene rhombea Fish FossilDescription: This 45 million year old, Eocene-Era fossil fish comes from one of the world's famous Lagerstätte, the Monte Bolca deposits near Verona, Italy. The significant extent of soft-tissue preservation that makes the site famous is evident in this specimen. The very long slender pelvic fins are reminiscent of the modern-day freshwater Angelfish, but its closest living relative is the Moonfish, Mene maculate, found in the Indian Ocean as well as the Pacific. Both have an upturned mouth suggestive of a planktivore. The species derives its name from its square-shaped body outline
The Monte Bolca deposits have been mined for centuries, with little change in the procedures used. Tunnels are bored into the rock, and the specimens that are removed are almost invariably collected piecemeal, then reassembled. For cosmetic reasons a section of matrix was added to the left side to make the plate more balanced; there is NO restoration

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