Two beds with unique fossil fish preservation occur within the predominantly evaporite-rich, fossil poor Angelo Member in the Green River Formation in Fossil Basin, Wyoming. These two beds, termed “Ghost Fish” beds, contain fossil fish that are two-dimensional carbonaceous compressions with no bone and detailed soft part preservation. These beds were measured and samples were collected from 8 quarries and 19 additional locations. Stratigraphic sections and fossil content were recorded at each quarry location. Analysis included XRD, stable isotope, XRF, TOC, and SEM analysis. Results were inputted into tables, graphs, and spatial maps to show trends, interpret the paleoenvironment, and examine the unique preservation. Interpretation of the results suggests freshwater entering the lake from the SW region of the study area during the UGF bed deposition. This research suggests that the unique style of preservation found in the Ghost Fish beds is the result of high alkalinity, salinity, and microbial mat activity.
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Nick, Kevin E.
Gaines, Robert R.
Leggitt, V. Leroy
Master of Science (MS)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Green River Formation; Fossils; Paleoecology; Marine animals - fossil
Subject - Local
Ghost Fish beds; Microbial mat activity; Carbonaceous compressions; Fossil fish preservation
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Meacham, Amanda L., "Unique Preservation of Fossil Ghost Fish in the Green River Formation" (2017). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 403.
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