Rare Paleozoic Bear Gulch Fish Fossil Fubarichthys

Fubarichthys copiosus

Class Actinoptergyii, Order Paleonisciformes

Geological Time: Mississippian (~320 m.y.a.)

Size (25.4mm = 1 inch): Fubarichthys fish fossil is 112 mm (tip of snout to tip of tail along backbone); Matrix: 135 mm by 75 mm

Fossil Site: Heath Shale Formation, Bear Gulch Limestone, Fergus County, Montana

Fossil Code: BGF642

Price: Sold

Fubarichthys copiosusDescription: he Bear Gulch Limestone is a deposit of some 70 square km in extent and 30 m in depth that has been a source of one of the most diverse assemblages of fossil fish with some 110 species having been described over the past 30 years. Most were new to science, and provided a unique view of the marine environment of Mississippian times. Fine preservation of both fish and invertebrates is a hallmark of these deposits, presumably due to an anoxic depositional environment. This fish is a palaeoniscoid with a most unusual name: Fubarichthys. The name was given to the fish because most specimens are found with a severely disarticulated head (fubar in common parlance means fouled up beyond all recognition). This one is preserved in a ventral position that shows many fine details, particularly to the scales.

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