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|Topic Started: May 30 2012, 01:53 PM (633 Views)|
|Scalesofanubis||May 30 2012, 01:53 PM Post #1|
Temporal range: 360 Ma (Famennian)
Type species: Hyneria lindae
Hyneria was a prehistoric predatory lobe-finned fish that lived during the Devonian period around 360 million years ago. Size estimates have placed the length of the animal anywhere from two or three meters and four meters. In life, Hyneria could have weighed as much as two tons. It has been theorized that the fins of Hyneria were strong enough for the creature to haul itself onto land. It may have "beached itself" by using an air bladder meant to maintain buoyancy as primitive set of lungs.
n 1968, fossilized teeth, bones and a wall fin were found by Keith Thompson in the Red Hill Shale of Pennsylvania. Since the original discovery, many more specimens have been found. A complete skeleton, however, has never been recovered. Hyneria is considered the largest and most common lobe-finned fish found in the Red Hill Shale.
Edited by Taipan, Jun 3 2012, 07:50 PM.
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