Lebanon Fossil Fish
Pycnodonts were fishes typical of the tropical shallow seas of the Mesozoic era. Like modern giltheads, they had a side flat body and robust teeth. The shape of the body tells us that pycnodonts have adapted to move in narrow spaces within environments with a complex morphology.
The small plate-shaped teeth, arranged in batteries, were used to crush the shells of the hard parts of the organisms pycnodonts fed on. These fishes were probably inhabitants of the coral reefs or rudists banks (rudists are the typical bivalves of the tropical seas of the Cretaceous). Pycnodonts became extinct 50 million years ago.
Specimen: Pycnodontiformes sp.
Age: 110 million years ago
Location: Haqel - Lebanon
Fossil dimension inch. 35.4 x 18.8 cm 90 x 48
Base dimension inch. 37.0 x 22.8 cm 94 x 58
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