A 70-million-year-old fossil of a giant fish that lived in the area of dinosaurs has been found in Patagonia, Argentina, researchers said On Tuesday.
Argentine paleontologists “found the remains of a predatory fish more than six meters long,” the researchers said in a statement.
The findings are published in the scientific journal Golden Age: Australian Journal of Paleontology. The fish “lived in Patagonia at the end of the Cretaceous period, when water temperatures were much milder than today,” the statement said.
“The fossil of this sharp-toothed and fearsome carnivore was found near Lake Corvewapi,” about 1,400 kilometers south of Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital, the statement said.
The fossil belongs to the genus Swordfish and is “one of the largest predatory fishes that have ever appeared in earth’s history.”
“The fish is significantly lean in size, with a large head, large jaw and needle-sharp teeth several centimeters long,” the statement said.
Previously, swordfish had been found only in the northern hemisphere, but recently fossils were found in Venezuela.
Patagonia is one of the most important repositories of dinosaur fossils and fossils of prehistoric species.