35" Fossil Palm Frond - Green River Formation, Wyoming

 
 
 
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This is an amazing specimen, collected from one of the fossil fish quarries near Kemmerer, Wyoming. It is a large palm (Sabalites sp.) frond with excellent preservation. Most palm fronds available from these quarries are heavily restored (aka painted palms), however this specimen is natural.

The rock measures 36.8" by 26" and is backed with wood and wall hanging hardware. This piece would make for a very impressive display.

50 million years ago, in the Eocene these fish thrived in Fossil Lake fed by Uinta and Rocky Mountain highlands. The anoxic conditions at the bottom of Fossil Lake slowed bacterial decomposition, prevented scavengers from disturbing corpses, and most interestingly, suffocated creatures that ventured into the oxygen-starved aquatic layer. The result is a miraculous exhibition of Eocene biota in a subtropical, aquatic community within sycamore forests teeming with creatures such as freshwater stingrays, dog-sized horses, menacing alligators, early flying bats, and one of the first primates.

A view of one of the commercial quarries where fossils from the Green River Formation are collected.
A view of one of the commercial quarries where fossils from the Green River Formation are collected.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Sabalites sp.
LOCATION
Kemmerer, Wyoming
FORMATION
Green River Formation
SIZE
35" Palm Frond (Longest Measurment), Rock 36.8 x 26"
ITEM
#172948
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