Palm Frond with Bird A Singular Presentation
Sabalites sp., bird species unknown
Green River Formation, Lincoln County, Wyoming
In the paleontological record of the Green River Formation there has never before been a fossil bird preserved with a fossil palm frond. In this astonishing natural presentation, both fossils are in seen in their original positions. The bird, which had partially peeled from the palm side of the matrix, was restored to its original position. The skull of the bird, found on the negative side of the palm half, has been preserved for scientific inquiry; a cast bird skull was inlaid in its place. Amazingly, most of the feathers of the bird are highly visible and display strong contrast to the matrix. The matrix has been framed in tropical walnut and is fitted with a metal cleat system for wall display. This piece represents a remarkable discovery.
Matrix measures 61 x 55 inches; Palm frond measures 63 x 50 inches; Bird measures 10 x 10.5 inches