300-Million-Year-Old Fish Looks Like It's Sporting A Missile

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Published on Jun 22, 2020
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A 300-million-year-old fish that lived in what is now New Mexico looks like it had a missile on its head.

A 300-million-year-old fish that lived in what is now New Mexico looks like it had a missile on its head.
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According to the University of Pennsylvania, that protrusion was, indeed, a weapon of sorts in that likely helped this predator find its next meal.
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One of the researchers reports the elongated snout, which slopes down to its jaw and appears to have been connected to sensory organs "would have detected vibrations to allow the fish to consume its prey."
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The team also notes that, while such features are common in fish now, they were quite rare at the time this fish swam the waters.
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