2.5" Enchodus (Fanged Fish) Jaw Section - Kansas

This
Artists reconstruction of Enchodus.
Artists reconstruction of Enchodus.
is a jaw section with tooth from the extinct bony fish Enchodus. Enchodus flourished during the Late Cretaceous and was small to medium in size. One of the genus' most notable attributes are the large "fangs" at the front of the upper and lower jaws and on the palatine bones, leading to its misleading nickname among fossil hunters and paleoichthyologists, "the saber-toothed herring". These fangs, along with a long sleek body and large eyes, suggest Enchodus was a predatory species.

The Smoky Hill Chalk Member of the Niobrara Chalk formation is a Cretaceous conservation Lagerstätte, or fossil rich geological formation, known primarily for its exceptionally well-preserved marine reptiles. It outcrops in parts of northwest Kansas, its most famous localities for fossils, and in southeastern Nebraska. Large well-known fossils excavated from the Smoky Hill Chalk include marine reptiles such as plesiosaurs, large bony fish such as Xiphactinus, mosasaurs, pterosaurs, and turtles.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Enchodus sp.
LOCATION
Gove County, Kansas
FORMATION
Niobrara Formation
SIZE
2.5" long, Tooth 1.6"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#42959
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