Yale Peabody Museum Gallery Talk
gar pike from Green River Fm, YPM VPPU 022911
Richard Harrington

Fossil Fishes of the Green River Formation

Richard Harrington

Postdoctoral Associate

Yale University Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

 

Thursday, January 24, 4:00 pm

Great Hall, Yale Peabody Museum

 

The areas around the Green River in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah were covered by several large freshwater lakes between 55 and 37 million years ago. These ancient lakes provided ideal conditions for fossilization, and contain some of the most diverse and abundant fossil deposits of fishes from freshwater habitats in the last 66 million years. These fossil deposits not only paint a vivid image of the lake ecosystem, but they also provide an important glimpse into the diversity of North American freshwater fishes during the Eocene.

 

The Yale Peabody Museum collections contain a significant representation of the Green River fish fossil diversity. Rich Harrington will discuss the fishes of the Green River fossil deposits and their significance to our understanding of the origins of the modern North American freshwater fish fauna.

 

Refreshments to follow. Free admission.