Araripelepidotes Santana Formation Fish
Close up of the head of this quality fish
Large scales typifies this fish
Typical spade shaped tail
A rare and outstanding , negative/positive nodule, containing an Araripelepidotes temnurus fossil fish, discovered in the Santana Formation, Brazil. It dates from the Lower Cretaceous, and is 110 million years old.
Araripelepidotes is relatively common in the Santana Formation, although quite rare in the Crato Formation.
When this fish swam in the depths of the Cretaceous seas, Dinosaurs ruled the Earth.
For many years it was considered a species of the Lepidotes, but in 1990 was designated as a new fish genus, Araripelepidotes.
It reached a maximum length of around 40cms, and is typified by the large scales & spade shaped tail fin.
The Santana Formation is to be found in North East Brazil, in the Araripe Basin. The strata were laid down during the early Cretaceous Period.
The location produces exceptionally well preserved and diverse fauna & Flora. Over 25 species of fish are known, along with pterosaurs, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and plants. Many soft parts were preserved during fossilisation.
In the future it will become much more difficult to offer these spectacular fossils, as there are moves afoot to make the formation, and its fossil record, a protected area.
This is an amazing and uncommon negative/positive fossil fish.
It is from an old collection. These fossils are getting much harder to obtain now.
A wonderful display in the home or office, also a great addition to a fossil collection.
Size: 39 cms long