100-million-year dynasty of giant planktivorous bony fishes in the Mesozoic seas.

  title={100-million-year dynasty of giant planktivorous bony fishes in the Mesozoic seas.},
  author={Matt Friedman and Kenshu Shimada and Larry D. Martin and Michael J. Everhart and Jeff Liston and Anthony J. Maltese and Michael Triebold},
  volume={327 5968},
Large-bodied suspension feeders (planktivores), which include the most massive animals to have ever lived, are conspicuously absent from Mesozoic marine environments. The only clear representatives of this trophic guild in the Mesozoic have been an enigmatic and apparently short-lived Jurassic group of extinct pachycormid fishes. Here, we report several new examples of these giant bony fishes from Asia, Europe, and North America. These fossils provide the first detailed anatomical information… CONTINUE READING
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