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Xanacanthus decheni  Carboniferous fish

Oil painting: 18" x 24"

This fresh water shark was characterized by a large spine protruding from the back of its head as well as little forked teeth. Since it did not possess true bone, mostly spines and teeth are discovered giving a rather limited view of this interesting animal.

TIME - 345 MYA, Carboniferous period. Some species survived into the mid - Permian period.
RANGE - USA - Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico. Fossils of this shark are also found in Russia and some sites in Eastern Europe.

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