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'2 Squalicorax and a Cretoxyrhina around a dead Claosaurus'

Name

Squalicorax

Period

Cretaceous

Prey

Tusoteuthis




Squalicorax ("crow shark") is a genus of extinct lamniform shark known to have lived during the Cretaceous period. A fully articulated (fully-formed) 1.9 m long fossil skeleton of Squalicorax (S. falcatus) has been found in Kansas, evidence of its presence in the Western Interior Seaway. Large numbers of fossil teeth have been found in Europe, North Africa, and other parts of North America. From the size of its largest known teeth, it can be estimated that Squalicorax pristodontus grew to 5 m (16.5 ft) in length.

Squalicorax was a predator, but also scavenged as evidenced by a Squalicorax tooth found embedded in the metatarsal (foot) bone of a terrestrial hadrosaurid dinosaur that most likely died on land and ended up in the water. Other food sources included turtles (Archelon), mosasaurs (Halisaurus), ichthyodectes and other bony fishes and sea creatures.

Despite this it would have been no match for Tylosaurus, Cretoxyrhina or Xiphactinus.

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