Tusoteuthis longa – Large rachis (stiffening rod) from the giant squid of the Cretaceous seaway. Specimen displays four well-defined and deep tooth marks from a large predator (Tylosaurus?) on the rachis. Spacing on tooth marks are 3.5”, 5”, and 2.5”. Matrix measures 21” long, 6” tall, and 3” thick. Rachis is 18” long. Specimen is as discovered, in original chalk matrix.
See line drawing, showing location of rachis (red area).
Excellent study and display specimen!
Historical name: Niobrarateuthis gladius.