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sseth    217
sseth

Thought I would share this here as well as in Blake's post.  You can stop by the Coliseum show in Denver and see it in person at (FossildudeCo ) Blake's booth. @FossilDudeCO

 

Icaronycteris Index, found at our American Fossil quarry in August, 2017!

 

Icaronycteris Index is one of the oldest bat species on the planet. It lived some 51 million years ago in the Eocene epoch in Wyoming. Icaronycteris was a primitive bat, emerging very early in the age of mammals. Modern bats have only a single claw on their first digit, but Icaronycteris also had another one on the second digit. Icaronycteris also lacked a uropatagium, the flap of skin in between the legs of modern bats that also includes the tail. It has a long tail, a carryover in its evolution from a land dwelling mammal. Icaronycteris also had a less rigid skeletal structure. Finally even though Icaronycteris was an insectivore, it had a full set of teeth that were relatively unspecialized beyond the basic mammalian form. Later bats would develop more specialized teeth that were also fewer in number than Icaronycteris had.

 

It was discovered in our quarry in August 2017 and has been prepped to perfection under the microscope. It has a great deal of soft tissue preservation including muscle and membrane on the right wing, tendons, and even cartilage connecting the sternum to the ribs. It is an amazing specimen, right down to the claws on its feet.

 

Enjoy

 

Seth

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RJB    369
RJB

Holy Cow!!! what can one say?  Thats so nice it hurts!!!

 

RB

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FossilDAWG    1,898
FossilDAWG

:o :o :drool: :drool: 

 

That is just AMAZING!

 

Don C

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Malcolmt    246
Malcolmt

FOTY (Fossil of The Year) ...... Beyond words ... stunnning 

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Doctor Mud    400
Doctor Mud

:faint:wow!

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Darktooth    405
Darktooth

Just in time for Halloween!

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Rocky Stoner    13
Rocky Stoner

 

2 hours ago, sseth said:

It was discovered in our quarry in August 2017 and has been prepped to perfection under the microscope.

Seth

Now that is quite incredible Seth !

I am curious as to what this looked like initially, the moment it was seen as pulled from the strata/matrix. How much and what part of it was exposed and visible. Sometimes there is just a hint, other times the matrix splits just right.

Any early pics prior to the prep process ?

Again, very nice !

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doushantuo    1,550
doushantuo

So this is what toal awesomeness looks like,huh?

Magnificent doesn't do it justice.

 

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Shellseeker    367
Shellseeker

I join the chorus, Just unbelievable!   Thanks for sharing.  Jack

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jpc    849
jpc

Wow.... I would also love to see a before photo.

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minnbuckeye    169
minnbuckeye

After seeing the stupendous bat yesterday, I went downstairs and split, resplit, and re-resplit my left over matrix that I have been cleaning off of my collection from your quarry. Did NOT find a bat unfortunately!! Did find one half of a Knightia. For everyone thinking of a visit to Wyoming, definitely stop in at Seth's quarry. His quarry is the only one in the area that would let you keep a find like this. It indicates the variety of fossils that exist in the Green River Formation, it is not just a place to find Knightia!!!

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sseth    217
sseth

@Rocky Stoner and @jpc

Here is the initial pic of the bat as it came out of the ground.  I then have pictures of the small phalanx at the end of each wingtip, the patella, Ligaments and teeth.

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Rocky Stoner    13
Rocky Stoner

WOW. Excellent, thanks Seth.

You were very fortunate that it split out the way it did.

It just makes me wonder how many, maybe the majority, of specimens get by us by being just out of view when splitting the material.

I guess one will never know.

Great post !

Thanks again.

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aplomado    52
aplomado

Wow....

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jpc    849
jpc

Thanks, sseth.  Is that a chisel mark scraping across the skull and wrists?  Excellent specimen by the way.  Almost makes me want to come to denver to see it.  BUt heck, I have too much to do up here. 

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digit    837
digit

Wow! That is GDB worthy (Golden Drool Bucket)--not to be confused with the cooking term GBD (Golden Brown and Delicious) though there is plenty of drool involved in both. :drool:

 

Hoping Irma doesn't cause me to have to reschedule my visit out west in a week as I'd love to see this little guy in person.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Xiphactinus    141
Xiphactinus

Wow! Absolutely stunning.

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JohnBrewer    435
JohnBrewer

Wow, stunning. :envy:

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Rocky Stoner    13
Rocky Stoner

Hey sseth,

can you supply some dimensions to this creature ?

Just wondering how big it is.

(did not see any reference to size, sorry if I missed/overlooked it)

From wiki: Icaronycteris measured about 14 centimetres (5.5 in) long and had a wingspan of 37 centimetres (15 in).

Thanks,

:)

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Darko    15
Darko

Outstanding! Amazing!

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Ludwigia    1,321
Ludwigia

Fantastic specimen! And with soft tissue as well! That must have taken ages to prep. Great job!

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bone2stone    137
bone2stone

Fossil finding at it's best!!!

Not to mention the prep job.

 

Jess B

 

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sseth    217
sseth

Thanks everyone.  It is a pretty great little fossil.

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jcbshark    131
jcbshark

Wow that is incredible!!! :fistbump:

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sixgill pete    544
sixgill pete

That is an amazing specimen. WoW!

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