Superb Fossil Gar Fish

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Lot 1091W
Superb Fossil Gar Fish

US$ 10,000 - 14,000£ 7,900 - 11,000

Natural History

5 Dec 2017, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

Superb Fossil Gar Fish
Atractosteus simplex
Eocene
Fossil Butte Member, Green River Formation, Wyoming

Lazarus taxa, living fossils are organisms that were thought to be extinct, which are discovered in modern populations. The morphology of the living counterpart is so similar to the prehistoric predecessor that difficulty may be encountered in even differentiating modern from prehistoric species. Such is the case with the gar fish. The present beautifully preserved specimen, the species of which is sometimes referred to as the simplex gar, is one of the largest for this species yet known, measuring a magnificent thirty inches in length. It exhibits the characteristic ganoid (shiny, hard), diamond-shaped scales and medium length skull displaying many sharply pointed teeth in the jaws. Length of specimen measuring 30in, matrix measuring 12 ¾ x 33 ½in
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