A giant fish fossil that coexisted with dinosaurs 70 million years ago was discovered in the Patagonia region of southern Argentina. A research team of paleontologists from the country announced on July 6th.
This discovery was published in the academic journal “Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology”. The research team discovered the fossil of predatory fish over 6 meters long near Lake Colhue Huapial, about 1400 kilometers south of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. The giant fish “was swimming in the current Patagonia waters in the late Cretaceous. At that time, the temperature was much warmer than it is now.”
The fossil was classified into the genus Sifactinus, the largest group of predatory fish in earth history. The research team described the appearance of a giant fish as follows: “The body is remarkably thin, with a huge head in front of it. The jaw is large, it has sharp needle-like teeth, and the teeth are several centimetres long.”
Julieta de Pasqua, one of the authors of the paper, found this type of fossil in another location, saying: “Some fossils even contain the contents of the stomach.”
Until now, fossils of Sifactinus have been found only in the Northern Hemisphere, but recently one was found in Venezuela.
Patagonia is one of the most important areas for treasure trove of dinosaurs and prehistoric animal species.
Souce: AFPBB News