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RE: dino-list of the century, state dinosaur of the century
General lay reference (small handbook): Fossils of the Green River Formation.
Stefano Piccini. GeoFIN, Italy, Geolinea Series.
Ellen Sue Blakey
Wyoming Dinosaur Center
From: Allan Edels [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 1998 9:59 PM
To: Dinosaur Mailing List - Gen. Distribution
Subject: Fw: dino-list of the century, state dinosaur of the century
I sent this (and a shorter message) to Truett Garner. Then I figured
that others might want this information as well. So here it is:
From: Allan Edels <email@example.com>
To: DINOBOY@worldnet.att.net <DINOBOY@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 1998 11:43 PM
Subject: Re: dino-list of the century, state dinosaur of the century
> I did a little quick research - and confirmed my earlier email to you:
>Royal Tyrrell Museum's Fossil list says:
> Herring are abundant in modern oceans. During the Eocene, members
> the family also inhabited the fresh waters of western North America.
> _Phareodus_, large and deep-bodied, would have been its major
> _Knightia_ was a small minnow-like relative that swam in the same
> waters, feeding on plankton and algae.
>From a fossil retailer:
> The fish of fossil lake: These fossil fish were found in a region
>known as the Green River Formation in Wyoming. They are estimated to be
>between 62-49 million years old, living during what is known as the Eocene
>Epoch. This region hosts some of the best examples of fish fossils ever
>found, as well as some rare plant life, vertebrates, and even birds and
>bats. The reason that these fossils are so good, is due to the rapid
>of the fish by fine silty dirt, combined with great amounts of pressure.
>Some scientists believe that some "mass deaths" layers of the fish were
>caused by algae bloom that turned out to be toxic to them.
> The fish species found in Fossil Lake are quite numerous as well as
>diverse. The three major types of fish:
> _Diplomystus_ recognizable for it's distinctive jaw line, and
>forked tail. This fish belonged to the herring family, and was assumed to
>be a surface feeder. Large fossils of _Diplomystus_ are rare, and highly
> _Knightia_ is the most abundant of all the Fossil Lake fish. They are
>smaller fish, 4-9 inches in length, also belonging to the herring family.
>_Knightia_ is one of the fish species who suffered several of the curious
> Although not in the same family, _Priscacara_ looks very much like
>today's sunfish. "Priscies" usually range between 4-6 inches, but
>sometimes rare large 11 inch specimens are found, and are snapped up
>by collectors. Interestingly, these fish are almost never found as a
> There. That should do it.
> Allan Edels