Xiphactinus audax – Large fish skull (profile), and post cranial bones from an extinct predatory fish, on matrix, 31″ wide x 21″ tall. Skull measures 25″ long and 15″ tall. Lower jaw measures 9.5″ long. Estimated length of entire fish would have been approximately 9 – 10 feet. Approximate weight of the specimen is approximately 35 pounds. The skull is dimensional and has depth and relief. There are a total of 29 REAL teeth of various sizes (most are in excellent condition) plus 5 articulated cervical vertebrae; largest tooth is 1 1/2″ long. The cranial crest is present and articulated. Several ribs and the pectoral fin are also preserved. Texture and detail on the cranial elements are superb. Trauma in the posterior area of the skull indicates that sharks and other scavengers most likely ate the body of the fish. There are an additional ten (10) disarticulated vertebrae scattered in the posterior area. Restoration is less than 5%. This is an exciting and striking display fossil of the largest bony fish species (except sharks) that ever roamed the Cretaceous seaway! Specimen has mounting hardware installed on the back side and is 100% ready for a single-point wall mount.
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