A marine Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) coelacanth from North Africa

  title={A marine Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) coelacanth from North Africa},
  author={Paulo M. Brito and David M. Martill and Ian Eaves and Roy E. Smith and Samuel L.A. Cooper},
  journal={Cretaceous Research},
Abstract An isolated, articulated, but crushed ossified lung of a mawsoniid coelacanth is reported from uppermost Cretaceous (upper Maastrichtian) of Oued Zem, Morocco. The specimen is the last record of a coelacanth before their pseudo-extinction at the end of the Mesozoic. The specimen is also the first record of a marine coelacanth in the Mesozoic of Morocco and the first occurrence of coelacanths in the phospahte deposits of North Africa. The large size of the lung suggests a fish estimated… Expand
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