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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fossils show giant plankton-eating fishes in prehistoric seas


In the Science magazine findings reported that new Fossils from Asia, Europe and the US show that there were giant plankton-eating fishes in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

Over time these fishes reduced the amount of bone in their skeletons and as such only their well-developed fore-fins are routinely found. But a new find in Kansas sheds more light on what was preciously thought off as some kind of swordfish!

This fish was named Bonnerichthys, after the Kansas family who discovered the fossil.

The research team consisted of scientists from Oxford University (UK), DePaul University, Chicago (US), Fort Hays State University, Kansas (US), University of Kansas (US), University of Glasgow (UK), and Triebold Paleontology Inc & Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Centre, Colorado (US).


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