Saturday, July 6, 2019

Diplurus newarki Coelacanth Fossil

This fish fossil is a Diplurus newarki. It was collected by G.L. Jepsen in 1946 at Firestone Library excavation in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. This fish lived in fresh water lakes of what would be eastern North America today. It is related larger coelacanths (e.g. Axelrodichthys) found in Cretaceous Period. Fossil dates about 210 million years ago (Late Triassic Period).

The fossil on display (2018) at American Museum of Natural History, New York City, USA.

Model of what fish might of looked like. Created by Louis Ferraglio (in 1953?).