Dee Callahan "Knightia eocaena"
- 8" x 10"
- Animal / Fish
- Photography / Color
- Not For Sale
I'm putting up this one for you Jason, my friend.I have enjoyed viewing your artwork, and want to share this with you. I believe that you are from Montana, so who knows maybe you can jump for joy someday; coming across something like the "Knightia eocaena". It is from a quarry located in the high desert of southwestern Wyoming. 50 million years ago, the quarry called the Green River Stone quarry was a tropical freshwater lake teeming with fish, plants, and other animals. Over many milennia, the lakebed petrified into layer upon layer of fossil rich stone. Each summer a crew from Green River Stone company travels to the quarry to collect it's prehistoric treasures. To reach the fossil rich stone, they must first remove many tons of loose rock and shale with heavy equipment. As the crew gets closer to the fossil bearing layers, the stone is harvested with only hammers, chisels, and a lot of strong muscles! "Knightia, eocaenna was actually a secondary consumer; feeding mainly on algae and diatoms, as well as some smaller fish. They were schooling fish, and because of this they were frequently found together in mass mortality layers. Their length was generally about 5-7". I have this one hanging in my office along with the dendrite from Bavaria. I'll be happy to discuss dendrites with you sometime~ By the way, this fish is from Kemmerer, Wyoming, in your neck of the woods or at least not that far away from Montana~