Cimolichthys nepaholica
    Lower Cretaceous
    Smoky Hill Chalk, Niobrara Formation, Logan Co, Western Kansas

    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 vicious-looking teeth. This is a fine well preserved specimen from the Niobrara Chalk of western Kansas, of curving form, with superb three-dimensionality to the robust vertebrae, and a portion of that deadly dentition visible in the partly-opened mouth. The rest of the bony skull shows good preservation and texture, along with the slender curving ribs and dorsal fin and, best of all, remains of the fish's rarely-preserved armored scutes dot the matrix along the length of its body. A fine and rare specimen, the matrix is presented in a wooden frame 14¾ x 30 inches.

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    June, 2011
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