This year, we are fortunate to be able to offer not only a Guitar Fish from Lebanon, but from the Green River Formation, in Wyoming, this exceptional Stingray mortality specimen, Heliobatis. "Helios, meaning (Sun) and "Batis", meaning (ray). With no more than 2-3% touch up, this specimen would sit nicely in any museum.
The little Knightia fish on the tip of this exceptionally well preserved Ray almost looks as it was skewered by the Ray's caudal fin, barbed tail. And, it is in this position naturally. It was not added. Overall, every detail of this specimen has been painstakingly revealed, giving one a very precise look and understanding of what the skeletal system of these bizarre creatures is comprised of. The fine bones in its "wings" are amazingly detailed as well as the critters spine and the rest of the complete anatomy. This is truly a piece anyone (collector or not) would be proud to display. The slab is already backed with a wood type substrate. So, a hanging cleat could be easily used for wall display. Or if one wishes, we can include a support stand.
Overall measurements:~21-3/4" x 13-1/4" x 1" thick
Specimen measurement: ~ 13" x 7"
Location: Green River formation / Split layer, Kemmerer, Wyoming, U.S.A.
Age: Early Eocene ~ 50myo
Stingrays are a dimorphic, carnivorous species that live much of their lives sedentary, partially buried in the shallow coastal sands of oceans and seas. Stingrays are very easily recognized due to their unique physicality, including their pointed and sometimes "barbed tip" tails.
Although Stingrays have eyes, they're thought to not have particularly keen vision, and they rely on a build in electrical sensor called ampullae of Lorenzini. These sensors allow Stingrays to sense and then hunt down their prey, similarly to the way a shark does.