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26 October 2020 A Possible Undescribed Aulopiform Fish Allied to the Genus Apateodus from the Upper Cretaceous Niobrara Chalk of Kansas, U.S.A.
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We describe an isolated lower jaw of a fossil bony fish collected from the Niobrara Chalk of western Kansas. The specimen exhibits some characters common to a relatively rare Late Cretaceous aulopiform fish genus Apateodus Woodward. However, because it also exhibits some features not found in Apateodus, along with its fragmentary condition and preservation mode, we conservatively refer it to as ‘cf. Apateodus sp.’ where it may belong to a previously undescribed aulopiform species phylogenetically allied to Apateodus. The recognition of this potential new taxon from the well-studied Niobrara Chalk demonstrates that there is yet to learn much about the biodiversity and paleoecology of the Western Interior Seaway that existed during the Late Cretaceous in North America.

Christopher Fielitz and Kenshu Shimada "A Possible Undescribed Aulopiform Fish Allied to the Genus Apateodus from the Upper Cretaceous Niobrara Chalk of Kansas, U.S.A.," Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 123(3-4), 435-440, (26 October 2020). https://doi.org/10.1660/062.123.0313
Published: 26 October 2020
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