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Eocene Period, 58-36 million years BP. An Amphiplaga brachyptera fossil fish from the Green River Formation, Fossil Lake, Kemmerer, Wyoming, USA, on matrix. 434 grams, 22cm (8 1/4"). From the Pradi Collection, Boston, USA; acquired during 1980s. Amphiplaga is one of the rarer of the Green River fish fossils. Seasonally some 58 million years ago, in the Green River region of Wyoming, torrential rains would occur in the mountains. The rain would flow down the mountain sides and then wide shallow lakes would form in the valley below. When the dry season would occur, these lakes would dry up due to evaporation (similar to certain parts of Africa today"). Millions of fish would die in this short period of time. This climatic cycle happened over a 20,000 year period. Layer upon layer of mud was deposited over these years entombing all these fish. At a much later date volcanic activity uplifted this area to expose all those layers of fossil fish. [No Reserve]

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Fine condition.

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Natural History - Amphiplaga Fossil Fish

Estimate £40 - £60Mar 1, 2019