Age "Crusher" Fossil Fish Part and Counterpart
Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage
100 mm long
Site: Hajoula, Lebanon
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.
more pictures are presented below for this fine fossil fish specimen.
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