Spaniodon Cretaceous Predatory Fish Fossil

Spaniodon elongatus

Order Elopiformes, Family Elopidae

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

Size: 57 mm high

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatt, Haqel, Lebanon

Spaniodon elongatusThis fossil fish is easily seen to be a predator by vitue of its sharp teeth. The upward displacement of the anterior portion of the vertebral column, and the darkened mass in the stomach region are the mostly-digested remains of its last meal. The genus went extinct by the end of the Cretaceous, but is most likely closely related to the modern day Elops, a coastal marine fish related to the bonefish. This one has been most esthetically- prepared in fine relief. The matrix repair does little to detract from this fine example.

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