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Xiphactinus
zi-FAK-ti-nus, “sword ray”

Xiphactinus was the largest bony fish during Cretaceous time, and one of the biggest ever. It was a predator that approached victims slowly from below before striking swiftly. The long, cone-shaped teeth were perfect for seizing fish. Prey up to nearly half its own size were swallowed head first and whole.

Skeletal replica:
Who Xiphactinus audax
When 85 million years ago
Where northwestern Kansas

Xiphactinus is also found in southwestern Manitoba.

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