Fossil Stingray, Knightia Assemblage - 52" x 42"
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This breathtaking fossil stingray (Heliobatis radians) and Knightia fish natural assemblage 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 specimens are in their original matrix - not inset.
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 (work done under magnification). It is an incredibly alluring piece - the deep coloured ray and six Knightia specimens stand out beautifully from the light colored, textured stone slab. Amazingly, even the three barbs of the stingray are in near pristine condition! Interestingly, as well, there is small section of the ray's disc where it was likely bitten by a predator.
The slab is ready to hang flush on a wall
Matrix measures 52 x 42 inches - Stingray measures 15.75 inches and disc measures 8" wide
Only about 1% restoration on ray - very minimal
Stingrays are cartilaginous fish related to sharks. They have barbed stingers on whip-like tails, which are used for self-defence.