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Lot 1489

Ancient Piranha Phareodus. This large 10.5 inch long Phareodus encaustus, an ancient ancestor of the Piranha, is remarkably well preserved with light beige and brown scales, detailed fins and several sharp teeth attesting to it being a fearsome predator. What is also of interest is the very detailed oval shaped scales that covered this fish's body and also the unusual thin ventral fin that was used to detect fish movement in the sea bottom. This attractive 52 million year old predatory fish from Green River, Wyoming is nicely displayed on a 12.5 x 8 inch thick limestone slab and is complete except for the tips of some of the dorsal fin and also the tips of the tail. There is no restoration.

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Estimated Value $450 - 700.

Realized $271

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