Argentina: the discovery of a fossil of a giant fish for 70 million years

Argentine: découverte d’un fossile de poisson géant de 70 millions d’années

Paleontologists argentines have discovered fossil remains of a giant fish who lived at the same time as the dinosaurs, there was 70 million years ago, in Patagonia, in southern Argentina, on Monday announced a scientific team.

In a statement, the team reported the discovery of the “remains of a fish that was over 6 metres in length”.

This large fish “has sailed the seas of Patagonia at the end of the Cretaceous period, when the temperature there was much more temperate than it currently is”, says the text.

The scientific journal Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology has reported the discovery.

“The fossils of this carnivorous animal with sharp teeth and look hostile have been found near the lake Colhué Huapial, to the south of the province of Chubut”, 1400 km south of Buenos Aires.

This specimen belongs to the family of Xiphactinus, one of the predators of the seas are larger in size have existed on the globe,” continues the press release.

“His body was slender and ended by a huge head with a large jaw with teeth very sharp, long several centimetres,” said the scientists.

“There are traces of these carnivorous giants in other parts of the world, there are even complete skeletons, some of which have preserved the contents of the stomach,” pointed out one of the researchers, Julieta de Pasqua.

Until recently, traces of Xiphactinus have been found in the northern hemisphere, but a few years ago, a copy was discovered in Venezuela.

Argentina has very many fossils from three periods, the triassic, the jurassic and the cretaceous period of the mesozoic era. They belong to different animals from those encountered in the northern hemisphere.

The fossil deposits of dinosaurs, the largest to be found in Patagonia, in the regions of La Rioja and San Juan and in province of Salta.

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