A group of scientists have recently re-discovered fossils of ancient fish with a big mouth who is believed to have lived in the seas nearly 100 million years ago.
Reporting from ScienceDaily on Thursday, February 12, 2016, the discovery of the species of Rhinconichyhys genus are found in Colorado, after previously from the same species have also been found in Japan and the UK.
|An international team of scientists have discovered two new plankton-eating fossil fish species, of the genus called Rhinconichthys, which lived 92 million years ago in the oceans of the Cretaceous Period. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1Ob3NzH)|
This ancient fish species named R. Purgatoirensis and R. Uyenoi by Kenshu Shimada, a palaeobiology expert from DePaul University, Chicago.
"Based on our research, we now have three different species of the Rhinconichthys genus of 3 different areas. Marked with a skull on the head that are singular," said Kenshu.
|Rhinconichthys was estimated to be more than 6.5 feet and fed on plankton. It had a pair of bones called hyomandibulae, which formed a massive oar-shaped lever to protrude and swing the jaws open extra wide, like a parachute, in order to receive more plankton-rich water into its mouth. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1WxxjP)|
"With these results, we came to know a little more about the biodiversity on this planet," he added.
According Kenshu, Rhinconichthys species is an ancient fish that have the largest bones ever. It is estimated to reach 6.5 feet in length. With the form of a large and prominent jaw, capable of consuming its prey only with a gusto. More precisely shaped like a parachute until it can easily swallow the plankton. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SCIENCEDAILY]
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