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31-10-2012, 08:28   #1
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Amazing Triassic Flying Fish Found

This is NOT an ancestor to today's flying fish, but rather an example of convergent evolution. Apparently, they evolved the ability to glide in order to escape the ichthyosaurs they coexisted with:

http://www.livescience.com/24409-ear...sh-fossil.html


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27-08-2013, 21:37   #2
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Leedsichthys not as big as thought, but still the biggest

New estimates suggest it was not as big as what we saw in WWD's special on sea monsters, but it was still bigger than any modern fish.

(This is not really new, I remember reading it in NG magazine a while ago, but interesting read all the same)

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...ceans-science/

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Does this mean that megalodon was arguably bigger?
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Yeah, actually D:

Guess its the biggest bony fish, tho.
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Also means the modern day Whale shark may be bigger as it is thought that they did/do grow much larger than the largest measured specimen which was just over 40 feet in length.
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Also means the modern day Whale shark may be bigger as it is thought that they did/do grow much larger than the largest measured specimen which was just over 40 feet in length.
Very true, but then again chances that we have the biggest Leedsichthys specimens ever are very, very slim, so it could also be that Leedsichthys could grow just as large...
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Very true, but then again chances that we have the biggest Leedsichthys specimens ever are very, very slim, so it could also be that Leedsichthys could grow just as large...

Same arguement could be made for us never having seen the largest whale sharks that have been. But we do know for a fact that they can defo grow to at least 41 or so feet.


Either way we are talking about very large fish in either case.
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A lot of modern animals have larger specimens in their fossil record (Oronoko crocodiles for example) so it's quite possible that the largest whale sharks can be found there (or not found - damn cartilage).
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Sorbinicharax, a Cretaceous benthic fish

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/art...l.pone.0183879

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Piranhamesodon, a toothy Jurassic fish

It seemingly had the bad habit of biting chunks off other fish' fins. Lived at the same time and in the same region as Archaeopteryx and Pterodactylus.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-sc...-idUKKCN1MS2YA



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A new species of Tharsis, Jurassic fish

https://www.foss-rec.net/22/1/2019/

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Tethymyxine, a Cretaceous hagfish

Hagfish are among the most important scavengers of the sea floor- they are known for the slime they use to defend themselves and for their ability to absorb nutrients directly through the skin when burrowing on whale and large fish carcasses. This one is 100 million years old so it was likely feeding on the carcasses of plesiosaurs and other sea reptiles.

https://www.livescience.com/64548-ha...me-fossil.html

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Hagfish slime is truly remarkable. Here’s a story quoted in the article above:

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A truck carrying a bunch of slime eels recently crashed on the highway in Oregon, releasing a mind-boggling amount of slime and forcing the highway to close.

The slithery creatures fell off a truck on Highway 101 in Oregon yesterday (July 13), causing a five-car crash, coating nearby cars in a Ghostbusters'-worthy amount of slime, and sending the spooked creatures slithering across the road, Oregon Live reported.

https://www.livescience.com/59801-ha...mposition.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0122125604.htm
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I find the fact that the truck was carrying over three tons of hagfish to be killed and eaten a lot more disturbing than the mess they caused on the road. Seriously, no creature is safe...
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The Mesozoic Fish Thread- (minus sharks)

Largest holostean fish of the Triassic, analyzed.

https://peerj.com/articles/7184/


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