Fossil Stingray (Heliobatis) and Fish
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This breathtaking fossil stingray (Heliobatis radians) is bound to amaze - it is a snapshot of life on the bottom of a 50 million year old lake that teemed with life. This specimen also exhibits a naturally overlapping Knightia fish (prehistoric herring), adding to its uniqueness.
The stingray swam in ancient Eocene lakes in Wyoming, USA and was found in the famous Green River Formation, known to produce some of the most spectacular vertebrate fossils.
It took hours of painstaking work by a professional fossil preparator to reveal the fine details of this fossil from the stone. It is an incredibly alluring piece - the deep coloured ray and Knightia stand out beautifully from the light colored stone slab. Amazingly, even the barbs of the stingray are intact!
Stingrays are cartilaginous fish related to sharks. They have barbed stingers on whip-like tails, which are used for self-defence. This particular specimen is a female ray.
The slab is ready to hang flush on a wall with a French cleat system
Matrix measures 17.75" x 14" - Stingray disc measures 8" x 7.75"
Only minor restoration (touchups) on fine disk details.