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Locality: Kansas
Formation: Niobrara
Length: 3 m (10 feet)
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Megalocoelacanthus dobiei

Megalocoelacanthus dobiei

Megalocoelacanthus dobiei was an enormous Late Cretaceous coelacanth. It is a rare example of a Cretaceous lobe-finned fish and as such, is related more closely to amphibians than it is to the ray-finned fish we are most familiar with. There are only two species of extant coelacanth, both in the genus Latimeria: the Indonesian and West Indian Ocean coelacanths. The earliest known coelacanths date back to the beginning of the Devonian. A completely three-dimensional skeleton free of the plaque mount is available.