Near Kemmerer in Lincoln County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Fossil Lake was the smallest and shortest-lived of the Green River System lakes. At its largest size, the lake covered 932 square miles and existed for approximately three million years. One phenomenon of the Fossil Lake fossils is their density. There are as many as several hundred fossilized fish per square meter in some portions of Fossil Butte. At least thirteen genera of fish are found in the sediments of fossil lake, as well as a wide variety of species, from large predators like gar and bowfin to the now extinct Knightia, Diplomystus, and Priscacara. Plant and invertebrate records are equally diverse. Evidence of lily pads, horsetails, ferns, palms, and poplar and elm trees exist along Fossil Lakeís floodplain and lower elevations. The remains of dragonflies, mosquito larvae, and water striders bear testament to the vibrancy of this freshwater ecosystem.
The paleontologist who worked at Fossil Butte have deposited specimens at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL, the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City, and Smithsonian Institutionís National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.
Location. 41° 48.911′ N, 110° 37.8′ W. Marker is near Kemmerer, Wyoming, in Lincoln County. Marker is on U.S. 30 5.3 miles west of U.S. 189, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kemmerer WY 83101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oregon Trail Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away); Wyoming Centennial (approx. 5 miles away); Kemmerer Founders Monument (approx. 5 miles away); Home of James C. Penney (approx. 5 miles away).
Categories. • Animals • Environment • Paleontology • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. This page has been viewed 887 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.