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Lot 0124
**Originally Listed At $800**

New World, Green River Formation, Wyoming, Middle Eocene Era, ca. 40 million years old. Two fossilized fish preserved in sandstone matrix: Priscacara (the more round-bodied of the two), preserved from above or below, known for its sunfish-like body and spines, and Mioplosus, nicely preserved from the side with excellent visible structures, a fish that was a solitary predator with sharp teeth. Size: 19.5" L x 13.5" W (49.5 cm x 34.3 cm)

The Eocene world was the warmest of the Cenozoic (our current era), with an average mean temperature around 86 F (30 C) (for comparison, the average mean temperature in the last seventy years is around 58 F (14 C). Although the map of the Earth's surface would have been very recognizable to us today, with most of the continents in place and India moving close to its current position, there were basically no ice caps and huge swaths of the landscape were covered with water, including a vast inland sea in what is today central Asia. This ancient world was ruled by fish and aquatic plants, like those preserved in this slab.

Provenance: private Hagar Collection, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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#127525

Condition

Repaired from three pieces; repairs are unobtrusive. Loss from matrix on one corner as shown.

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Large Fossil Fish, Priscacara & Mioplosus Labrocoides

Estimate $1,600 - $2,400Dec 20, 2018