4.55" Xiphactinus Pre-Maxillary with Tooth - Smoky Hill Chalk, Kansas

 
This is a beautiful pre maxillary jaw section of the huge, predatory fish, Xiphactinus audax. It's 4.55" long and was collected from the Smoky Hill Chalk of Gove County, Kansas. This jaw section would have come from a large Xiphactinus in the 15 foot range. One can imagine how terrifying of a predator this fish must have been given the partial .9" long, tooth still set into the jaw. The tooth is original, not a composite.



Xiphactinus was a huge, predatory fish that lived during the Late Cretaceous. It would have been a veracious predator, growing 15-20 feet long. When alive, the fish would have resembled a gargantuan, fanged tarpon.

Xiphactinus has appeared in the BBC's Sea Monsters and National Geographic's Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure as well as being labelled a "Prehistoric Terror" in River Monsters.
FOR SALE
$135
DETAILS
SPECIES
Xiphactinus audax
LOCATION
Gove County, Kansas
FORMATION
Niobrara Formation
SIZE
4.55" long, 3.1" wide, tooth .9"x.79"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#66886
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