Early Eocene (50 million years old) - Green River Formation, Wyoming, USA
This is an gorgeous fossil fish, Cockerellites liops (formerly called Priscacara), which is an extinct perch that had characteristic spines. A fantastically preserved specimen! This is one of the famous, representative genera of fish from the Green River Formation.
Species: C. liops
The Green River Formation is a preeminent fossil locale known as a "lagerstätte" - a deposit that produces specimens with exceptional preservation. It has yielded a wide variety of spectacular vertebrate, insect and plant fossils. Numerous fish species, turtles, lizards, snakes, birds, mammals, insects, palms and flowers thrived in what was once a bountiful subtropical habitat.
Dimensions: Slab measures 9 x 7 x 0.4 inches (22.5 x 18 x 1 cm). Specimen measures 5.7 inches (14.4 cm). Weighs750 grams (1 lb. 9 oz.)
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