Xiphactinus comes to Life

sculpted with hard foam and clay, mold with fiber glass. The making of Xiphactinus is purely awesome.

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The Hastings Museum, in Hastings Nebraska recently commissioned a life-size model of Xiphactinus as the second phase of a Cretaceous Seaway Exhibition.

“Xiphactinus (from Latin and Greek for “sword-ray”) was a large, 4.5 to 6 m (15 to 20 feet) long predatory bony fish that lived in the Western Interior Sea, over what is now the middle of North America, during the Late Cretaceous. When alive, the fish would have resembled a gargantuan, fanged tarpon (to which it was, however, not related).[3] The Portheus molossus described by Cope[3] is a junior synonym of the species. Skeletal remains of Xiphactinus have come from Kansas (where the first Xiphactinusfossil was discovered during the 1850s),[4] Alabama, and Georgia in the United States, as well as EuropeAustralia and Canada.”

 

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