Juvenile Coccodus Crusher Fish and Shrimp Fossil Association

Coccodus insignis fish fossil

Order Pycnodontiformes, Family Pycnodontidae

Carpopenaeus sp Shrimp Fossil

Class Malacostraca, Order Decapoda, Suborder Dendrobranchiata, Family Carpopenaeidae (Extinct)

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (95 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fish fossil is 35 mm long by 18 mm across; Shrimp: 22 mm long on a 70 mm by 85 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstätte, Hajoula, Lebanon

Fossil Code: L427

Price: $295.00

Coccodus Crusher Fish and Shrimp Fossil AssociationDescription: This plate displays a rarely seen juvenile example of Coccodus insignis. Coccodus had broad rounded teeth resembling cobblestones. Notice the detail to this crushing pavement seen here. They were presumably employed in crushing the shells of mollusks and small crustaceans it found while sifting through the bottom muck. The genus went extinct by the Upper Cretaceous, leaving no descendants. This is a juvenile specimen, fully half the size of the smallest example I have ever had before. It is seen here in ventral view with the dorsal view of a shrimp of the genus Carpopenaeus.

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