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80-million-year-old fish fossil found in Manitoba

The fossilized remains of an 80-million-year-old predatory fish are being dug out of an ancient seabed in Manitoba, Canada.

Paleontologists cleaning the specimens gathered from one of the sites found a set of massive xiphactinus jawbones locked on piece of flipper belonging to a mosasaur — a marine reptile.

The CFDC fossil crew is now back at the site for a major excavation. More than six metres of earth has been removed, exposing more and more pieces belonging to the xiphactinus and its prehistoric prey, said CFDC general manager Tyler Schroeder.

“The site is proving to be a fantastic find, with both xiphactinus and mosasaur fossils present, as well as other specimens,” he said.

“We’ll likely be excavating at this fossil-rich spot throughout this year and possibly into next year.”

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