Enchodus Jaw Sections with Teeth - Cretaceous Fanged Fish

 
 
 
This
Artists reconstruction of Enchodus.
Artists reconstruction of Enchodus.
is a jaw section from the extinct bony fish Enchodus. Enchodus flourished during the Upper 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.

This jaw section still has about 16 small, partial teeth attached to the separated jaw section. One of the jaw sections is 4.2" long, the other measuring 4.1", with the smallest section measuring 1.7". There is also a stray vertebrae that's partially exposed, likely from the Enchodus fish. Usually just isolated teeth are found without any jaw material. It's still embedded in the rock in which it was found.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Enchodus sp.
LOCATION
Oulad Abdoun Basin, Morocco
FORMATION
Phosphate Deposits
SIZE
9.1"x5.7" rock
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#87998
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