Huge multi fish plate with three species
Close up of stunning Aspidorhyncus
Artists impression of these schooling fish
A superb extra large fish plate featuring 3 species of fish, including a superb Aspidorhyncus comptoni, from Brazil.
The fish date from the Lower Cretaceous, Late Aptian-Cenomanian, and are 108 to 92 million years old. They were discovered in the Santana Formation, Ceara, Northeastern Brazil.
The larger fish is an Aspidorhyncus comptoni, (meaning "Shield Snout") and is a ray finned fish.
It was a medium sized fish growing up to 60 cms long, fast swimming, and with tooth lined, elongated jaws.
The upper jaw was longer than the lower giving it a distinctive spike, which was toothless.
Its closest living relative is the Bowfin.
Also present on this plate are some trout-like fish, Racholepis buccalis.
They fed on other smaller fish, and soft bodied aquatic invertebrates such as mayflies, dragonflies, and molluscs
In addition we have another species of fish present on this amazing plate, Tharrias araripis.
These were a Teleost, or ray-finned fish, and are a distant ancestor of today's tunafish, herrings, and marlin.
They preyed on smaller fish.
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.
All the fish are raised in 3D relief on the plate, making a stunning display.
This is a one off piece of natural art, and will look incredible when hung on a wall.
One not to be missed.
Size of plate: 160cms x 40 cms.
The plate is set into black acrylic. A superb artwork for the home or office, ready to hang