Description

    FINE FOSSIL FISH SKULL
    Cimolichthys nepaholica
    Lower Cretaceous
    Smoky Hill Chalk, Niobrara Formation, Logan Co, Western Kansas, USA

    Although closely related to the modern-day Salmon, Cimolichthys was rather more like a large Barracuda of the Western Interior Seaway that covered North America approximately 85 million years ago. It was a voracious predator, growing up to six feet in length, with a long, robust and streamlined body, and a short snout bristling with long, vicious-looking teeth. Those teeth are strikingly in evidence on the present specimen, on the left-hand side of both upper and lower jaw, prepared dramatically free from the matrix. Such excellence of preservation and preparation is evident throughout, from the large, solid mass of the bony head, robust pectoral fin, chunky vertebrae, and slender rib remains. Superbly aesthetic, in dark woody brown against a creamy, sand-textured pho-matrix, it is framed in stained wood and measures 15 x 25½ inches overall.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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