Fossilized Fish, Knightia Eocena, Includes Brass Stand for Display, Kemmer, Wyoming, FOS10778
This is a great fossilized Knightia.
It is an extinct genus of clupeid bony fish that lived in the freshwater lakes and rivers of North America and Asia during the Eocene epoch.
The genus was erected by David Starr Jordan in 1907, in honor of the late University of Wyoming professor Wilbur Clinton Knight, "an indefatigable student of the paleontology of the Rocky Mountains."
It is the official state fossil of Wyoming, and the most commonly excavated fossil fish in the world.
Knightia belongs to the same taxonomic family as herring and sardines, and resembled the former closely enough that both Knightia alta and Knightia eocaena were originally described as species of true herring in the genus Clupea.
As with modern-day clupeids, Knightia spp. likely fed on algae and diatoms, as well as insects and occasionally smaller fish. fish in its original matrix from Green River, Wyoming.
It is very detailed, yet hard to capture the texture in the photos.
It arrives with a brass display stand.
Full piece with Matrix:
Weight 0.533 pounds, over 1/2 of a pound
Thickness 14.48 mm, variable
Width 2-1/2" variable
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