1.35" Fossil Xiphactinus Pre-Maxillary Tooth in Situ - Kansas

This is a gorgeous pre-maxillary tooth of the huge predatory fish, Xiphactinus audax. It's 1.35" long and was collected from the Smoky Hill Chalk of Gove County, Kansas. This tooth would have come from a large Xiphactinus in the 15 foot range. One can imagine how terrifying of a predator this fish must have been given its huge dagger-like tooth. The tooth is in incredible condition and the rock that it was found in has been prepped away for a beautiful tooth in situ presentation.

Comes with an acrylic display stand. There rock has been stabilized with glue where it fractured during collection.

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.
Xiphactinus audax
Gove County, Kansas
Niobrara Formation
1.35" long tooth, 2.1 x 1.5" entire specimen
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