Dunkleosteus terrelli

 

Dunkleosteus terrelli

Locality: Morocco
Formation: Atlas Mountains
Small Length: 1.2 m (4 feet)
Large Length: 1.5 m (5 feet)
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Dunkleosteus Scale

Dunkleosteus terrelli

Dunkleosteus looked like the violent brute it was: powerfully built with an armor-plated head. It was a streamlined and shark-like predator. Dunkleosteus lacked true teeth. Instead it had two long bony blades that could snap and crush almost prey item. Pigment cells suggest Dunkleosteus had dark colors on its back and a silvery belly. The fish was anything but picky with its food. It ate fish, primitive sharks and even its own kind. It appears that Dunkleosteus suffered on occasion from fatal indigestion as a result. Its fossils are often associated with regurgitated, semi-digested remains of fish.