7" Plate of Xiphactinus (Cretaceous Fish) Vertebra & Ribs
This is a really cool fossil from the Smoky Hill Chalk in Gove County, Kansas. It's a plate of associated but disarticulated vertebrae and ribs from the monstrous fish, Xiphactinus audax. There are 5 verts present along with several partial ribs and bone fragments. The soft chalk has been nicely prepared to display the fossils in a very aesthetic manner. Comes with a display stand.
Xiphactinus was a huge, predatory fish that lived during the Late Cretaceous. It would have been a veracious predator, growing 15-20 feet long. When alive, the fish would have resembled a gargantuan, fanged tarpon. It appeared in the BBC's Sea Monsters and National Geographic's Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure as well as being labelled a "Prehistoric Terror" in River Monsters.
The Smoky Hill Chalk Member of the Niobrara Chalk formation is a Cretaceous conservation Lagerstätte, or fossil rich geological formation, known primarily for its exceptionally well-preserved marine reptiles. It outcrops in parts of northwest Kansas, its most famous localities for fossils, and in southeastern Nebraska. Large well-known fossils excavated from the Smoky Hill Chalk include marine reptiles such as plesiosaurs, large bony fish such as Xiphactinus, mosasaurs, pterosaurs, and turtles.