Fossils of extinct bony fish that lived 244 million years ago discovered in China

The frozen remains of three well-preserved specimens of Peltoperleidus were found in the ground this month in Luoping, east Yunnan

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Researchers have discovered fossils of an extinct 244 million year old bony fish in China.

The remains of three well-preserved specimens of Peltoperleidus were found in the ground this month in Luoping, east of Yunnan.

They are the oldest found fossils of the fish and the first evidence of this fish outside of Europe.

The fish was previously only known in southern Switzerland and Italy.

They are distinguished by their distinctive scales, blunt snouts, and tiny but sharp teeth. the Daily Mail reports.

The fossil was found by a research team from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

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Yu Min, a paleontologist at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, said the Global times : “It is also a sign for us to further investigate the paleogeographical allocation and distribution of the genus, as we see that it was discovered in China when we previously only knew it existed in Europe.”

The discovery was made in China
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This report comes after the fossil remains of two new species of dinosaurs that may have roamed the south coast 125 million years ago were unearthed by fossil hunters on the Isle of Wight in September.

The two carnivorous reptiles nicknamed “Hell’s Heron” and “River Bank Hunter” are said to have been nine meters long – about as long as one Stegosaurus – with skulls like crocodiles.

Scientists say they are referring to two new species of spinosaurids, a group of predatory theropod dinosaurs closely related to the giant Spinosaurus. StaffordshireLive reports.

The first copy was named Inferior ceratosuchops which translates as “horned, crocodile-faced hell heron”.

With a series of low horns and bumps on the forehead region, his hunting barley has been compared by scientists to a terrifying version of the modern bird.

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