Dinosaur Age "Crusher" Fossil Fish Part and Counterpart

Coccodus insignis

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage

Size: Fish: 100 mm long

Fossil Site: Hajoula, Lebanon

Coccodus insignis Description: This plate displays a rarely seen example of Coccodus insignis, commonly called the "Crusher Fish". Coccodus had broad rounded teeth resembling cobblestones. They were presumably employed in crushing the shells of mollusks and small crustaceans it found while sifting through the bottom muck. A single specimen is a rarity, with a split pair such as this virtually unheard of. The detail is absolutely amazing. The genus went extinct by the Upper Cretaceous, leaving no descendants.

Many more pictures are presented below for this fine fossil fish specimen.

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