Giant Prehistoric Tarpon-like Cladocyclus fish fossil from the days of the dinosaurs, Cladocyclus sp., Lower Cretaceous Period, c. 110 million years ago, Santana Formation, Brazil. Cladocyclus is a member of the Icthyodectiforms, a group of large predatory extinct fish that lived in marine environments from the Late Jurassic through the Cretaceous Period. Many had large teeth and all were effective hunters of other fish, including those from their own group. The size, overall detail and quality of this specimen is impeccable. The mouth is preserved in a stunning, open manner with large, visible teeth, and the fin and scale detail is as good as it gets, with all fins preserved and complete. The geode has been reinforced to protect the fossil, and the fossil fish is 100% original, with no compositing of other fish parts as is most often the case with such examples. This prehistoric, dinosaur-era marine predator fossil is exceptionally rare, and likely one of the most impressive fossil fish available. 48 ½ in x 11 ¼ inches overall; the fish 47 ½ inches in length. Ex German private collection.
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