Museum Heliobatis Green River Stingray Fossil

"with Diplomystus "

Heliobatis radians

Class Chondrichthyes, Order Rajiformes, Family Dasayatidae

Diplomystus dentatus

Class Actinoptergyii, Order Ellimmichyiformes, Family Ellimmichthyidae

Geological Time: Eocene

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch) Heliobatis: 420 mm in length, 205 mm across Diplomystus: 55 mm in length on a 540 mm by 325 mm by 23 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Green River Formation, Fossil Lake, Kemmerer, Wyoming

Fossil Code: WFF134

Price: $2995.00 - sold

Heliobatis radiansDescription: This 50 million year old, Eocene-Era fossil fish comes from one of the world's famous Laggerstatten, the Green River Formation in Wyoming. A small portion of the fish fossils from Green River exhibit such fine preservation. The significant extent of soft-tissue preservation that makes the site famous is evident in this specimen.

This is an exquisite, museum quality adult Stingray specimen known as Heliobatis radians (Order: Rajiformes; Family: Dasyatidae), at once a rare and highly sought species, and the only species of ray from this formation. The preservation is superb and the preparation is the best there is. Heliobatis is highly sought not only for the rarity, but also because a specimen such as this makes for an awesome display. This one is known to be a male by virtue of the presence of the claspers used in mating. During the course of preparation, a small Diplomystus was found at a level slightly above that of the ray. It was prepped out to make the stunning visual display seen here.

Rays belong to the Chondrichtyes, as do the sharks. All have an inner skeleton made of cartilage. Since cartilage comprises more organic material (collagen and elastic tissues) than bone, it decays more rapidly. As a result, fossils of cartilaginous fishes generally are rare.

The artistry of the preparation would make this an ideal display specimen, and a welcome addition to any collection of fish from the region. The presence of a true bony fish on the same plaque is just icing on the cake.

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Heliobatis radians Stingray Fossil Fish from Green River Formation

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