Undescribed Pycnodont Fish Fossil from NEW Moroccan Location

Pycnodontidae indet.

Geologic Age: Cretaceous

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): 87 mm in length by 45 mm tall (including fins) on a 230 mm by 160 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Ramlia Taouz, Morocco


Pycnodont Fish FossilDescription: An undescribed fish whose body shape and teeth suggests an affinity with the Pycnodontidae. This one is found in sublithographic limestone similar to that seen in Lebanon, but comes from a new location in Morocco, and is the first example of this type I have ever seen. Fish from this location have just become available in the past few years, and most may well be new to science. Notice the dramatic dorsal and anal fins, and the distinctive forked caudal, making this a truly spectacular specimen.

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