Sphyraena bolcencis Barracuda Fossil from Famous Monte Bolca

Exquisitely Preserved Museum Fossil

Sphyraena bolcencis

Class Actinopterygii, Order Perciformes, Family Sphyraenidae

Geological Time: Middle Eocene, Lutetian Stage (~45 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fish fossil is 150 mm long (tip of nose to tip of tail along backbone) on a 140 mm by 215 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Monte Bolca, Italy

Fossil Code: RS155

Price: $1995.00


Sphyraena bolcencis Museum Fish FossilDescription: This 45 million year old, Eocene-Era fossil fish comes from one of the world's famous Laggerstatten, the Monte Bolca deposits near Verona, Italy. The significant extent of soft-tissue preservation that makes the site famous is evident in this specimen. Note particularly the Sphyraena borealis Barracudasoft tissue preservation including the scales of this spindle-shaped pursuit predator. It is presumed its habits mimicked those of the modern-day Barracuda, a member of the same genus. The Monte Bolca deposits have been mined for centuries, with little change in the procedures used. Tunnels are bored into the rock, and the specimens that are removed are almost invariably collected piecemeal, then reassembled. No effort has been made to disguise the repairs here; there is NO restoration.

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