Seven Knightia alta fossil fish (together with a large coprolite) from the Eocene period of Wyoming (Green River Formation), USA. The specimens measure 70mm - 43mm long on a matrix of 154mm x 106mm. 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-thousand-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.

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Knightia alta Fossil Fish. NP Collectables
MF162 Knightia alta Fossil Fish
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