Predator Caturus

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The broken slab had been cleaned and puzzled
back together, the fish is in the mid area.

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Area of the head

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Tail fin

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Start of the uncovering

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The finished specimen

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This fossil fish of the genus “Caturus” was found as a pile of broken pieces consisting of more than 15 larger parts and several smaller splinters. These had to be cleaned first, then puzzled together and glued. In the course of the preparation, the approximately 80 cm long plate was also reduced in size and brought into shape, so that the fish presents itself harmoniously in the middle.  

The preparation proved to be challenging, as the fish has been preserved ventrally and in a slightly twisted position. However, this made it possible to expose the jaw from the underside, which shows the teeth of the predator particularly well. In places the rock separated well from the fossil, but mostly very poorly, as large areas of the slab are cemented. In these areas, particularly careful and painstaking work had to be done. This commissioned work was done for trifoss.com – here you can find authentic fossils of high quality.

Fossil: Caturus sp.

Locality: Painten (Germany)

Formation: Jurassic, Malm Epsilon, Kimmeridgian

Length of the fish: 45 cm (17.7 inches)

Work required: 28 hours