We are excited to offer the first accurate representation of a complete ancestral swordfish, Protosphyraena nitida. This exotic Cretaceous predator has been known for over 150 years; it was first discovered in Europe and described in 1857. In the late 1880’s, Charles H. Sternberg discovered the first North American remains (see comments below, from his book on page #3). This is the first
complete skeletal presentation of this cartilaginous bodied fish.
Data on the specimen is as follows:
* Skeleton size – 9 feet, 2 inches, from tip of sword to tip of upper tail fin
* Skull – 29 inches; Pectoral fins – 22 inches; Pelvic ribbon fins – 34 inches;
* Caudal fin – 36 inches long
* Teeth – 59 teeth present; longest tooth is almost 2 inches
* Restoration – 75% real bone, 25% scientifically accurate reconstruction on some post cranial elements only.
* Frame – Professionally constructed hardwood, stained in “library oak”;
100% ready for wall mount, 115″ x 51″
Excerpted from Charles H. Sternberg’s “Hunting Dinosaurs on the Red Deer River, Alberta, Canada” (1917, p. 167-168):
“… I used to think that the man-eating sharks off the Florida coast were the most blood-thirsty of the order, but this one is still worse. Notice the head is prolonged in front into a long round bony snout, or ram. On account of this, I called it a snout fish, when I first discovered their bones in the Kansas Chalk. The ram ends, you notice, in a sharp point eight or ten inches long. Then at the end of the mouth there are four lance-like teeth projecting forward and outward. The object of these is to cut wider the breach his ram makes in the quivering flesh of a mosasaur, so he can force his head into the bleeding flesh to the eye rims. But his most terrible weapons are his pectoral fins. See, they are four feet long, *serrated on the cutting or outer edge, enameled, and as sharp as a knife. They can be locked, and stand out straight from the body. A sudden swing would, if he was close to a mosasaur, cut a gash several feet long in its vitals. See these fins span over eight feet. I pity the fish or reptile that comes his way.”
*Note: Protosphyraena nitida has extremely sharp and blade-like fins; however, they are not serrated, as described above by Sternberg. The two specimens are the same Genus but different species.