Needlefish

Rhynchodercetis Hakelensis Needlefish 210mm

£232.00 GBP

Rhynchodercetis Hakelensis needlefish measuring 210mm displaying fine and delicate detail and exhibiting subtle palette of colours to the fossil layer plate creating an interesting contrasting fossil picture from the Agoult Assemblage of Morocco, North Africa.

The attractive limestone matrix (fossil limestone bedrock), hosts the rare inclusion. Our close up illustrations above show the fishes anatomy, its skeleton finely exposed. The Cenomanian deposits are roughly contemporaneous with the fossil beds of Jebel Tselfat, Lebanon. This particular find from the region of Taouz, Western Desert, Southern Morocco, North Africa links the two fossil layers in both areas of the world adding to palaeontological knowledge of the range of the Cretaceous and Eocene fishes, their development and habitat.

Further readings and references can be found by Yovanovitchi Arambourg 1954. The prehistoric fossil fish is of the pycnodont family is a type of Aipichthyoides, bony fish, described by Arthur Smith Woodward at the Natural History Museum in London, circa 1895 as a Diplomystus Birdi - recent research by Palaeontologist Alison Murray at the department of biological sciences in Alberta shows their extensive research links between North Africa and the Middle East fauna beds which include freshwater fish, Parachanna Fayumensis and Anchichanna Kuldanensis commonly known as the modern snakehead fish.

Genus: Needlefish. Rhynchodercetis Hakelensis.
Age: Cretaceous 135,000,000 - 65,000,000 years.
Origin: Silex layer, Taouz, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco, N. Africa.

Rhynchodercetis measurements.
Height: 21.0 cm
Width: 12.5 cm
Depth: 1.0 cm

Weight: 0.324 Kg

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