Historic Giant Cretaceous Fish Skeleton
Lot 1006W
Historic Giant Cretaceous Fish Skeleton
US$ 100,000 - 125,000
£61,000 - 76,000
withdrawn

Lot Details
Historic Giant Cretaceous Fish Skeleton
Historic Giant Cretaceous Fish Skeleton
Xiphactinus audax
Cretaceous
Niobrara Formation, Western Kansas

During the Cretaceous Age, when dinosaurs roamed the landmasses, Xiphactinus audax - the largest known bony fish species of all time - menaced the intracontinental seaway that divided the western third of North America from the rest of the continent. The species' only enemies were the gigantic mosasaurs and the sharks of the period. The massive skull and dagger-like teeth attest to its predatory habit.

The present specimen has been in the collection of an American museum since the 1920's. Collected and prepared by Charles Sternberg, the preparation style, framing and presentation are typical of his work. Historically significant, it also emanates a dramatic visual presence.
Specimen measures 13 feet

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