Palm Frond Mural
Lot 2078W
Palm Frond Mural
Sold for US$ 43,750 inc. premium
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Natural History Los Angeles
22 May 2013 13:00 PDT

Auction 21217
Lot Details
Palm Frond Mural
Sabalites sp.
Diplomystus dentatus
Eocene
Green River Formation, Lincoln County, Wyoming

Often viewed as the most aesthetically appealing treasures of the famed Green River Formation, fossil palm fronds are considered rare finds. Highly coveted for their dramatic beauty, palm fronds generally fossilize poorly due to the delicate nature of cellulose, the material of which plants are formed; therefore, most are lost forever to decay.

Epitomizing the subtropical flora of the Eocene in Southwestern Wyoming 51 million years ago, Green River Formation palms recall a thriving prehistoric lake system which supported an abundance of fishes, crocodiles, turtles, birds and, of course, flora that would be well-suited to modern-day Florida. The present superb specimen measures approximately six feet in height. It is framed in walnut and fitted with a French cleat for wall display. Frame measures 88 x 65in; Fish measures 17in
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