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A little known african giant

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Atractosteus africanus was a big gar from the cretaceous of africa and europe, most remains are today known from France, the african fossils were found in Niger. Because of it's size and the habit of modern Atractosteus to bath in the sun and to breath air in waters with an low oxygen level speculated about the possibility to have here another snack for Spinosaurus.

I found very little about this fossil gar, this reconstruction is mostly based on what I know about its modern day relatives and the only photo which shows fossils of this species: www.almrsal.com/wp-content/upl…

P.s. if you know more about this genus I would be pleased for sharing information =)
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bowserforssbu's avatar

You can still find these in Texas lol

Liopurodon4x's avatar
oh and isnt this species dubious? while writing the Wikipedia article, I found out during 2010 it was considered such 
Liopurodon4x's avatar
Actually thinking about it while writting the wikipedia article I noticed  that the species is of dubious nature and may not be that valid. 
Liopurodon4x's avatar
No, it lived after spinosaurus, besides a few controversial claims of campnian spinosaurs fossils found in Egypt, mainly just a random specimen, spino was rare or dead by then.  So snack is unlikely. 
Hyrotrioskjan's avatar
HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Now, years later, I have to agree. (although I think large gars are very likely from that time) 
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
At least smaller species were present... I could imagine that quite a few fossils of larger species are being sold as crocodile teeth.
Liopurodon4x's avatar
yup, i can too
LaChasseGalerie's avatar
It look like Lepisosteus osseus.
SpruceTheChild's avatar
Why can't this exist today you ask? Because extinction sucks at times that's why :P 
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Google alligator gar...
SpruceTheChild's avatar
I know what an Alligator Gar is, I was talking about the species in the picture... Sorry, great artwork tho :>
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Dis iz cool
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An alligator gar, in the size of an arapaima
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Yep =)
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farhan43Hobbyist General Artist
I used to have one, but I've gave it to my neighbor since it grew pretty fast, and it has an incessant craving for food
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
=D
Jdailey1991's avatar
You know, looking at all those giants, it gives me two impressions:


1)  An analogy between Spinosaurus and the crocodile becomes tiresome.


2)  If we put whole populations of that and the other giant fish in today's Nile, would the river still have room to swim?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
1: Yes, agreed, I think Spinosaurus hunting behavior is far more complex and different from anything we know. Based on what we know about its environment and anatomy I once speculated that it was similar to polar pears, but well that's just a very rough comparison.

2: Remember the Nile is a giant river and the bahariya river was at least equal in size and had a giant mangrove delta, in addition I don't think that all these fishes lived in the same habitats, some maybe preferred the slower water others the faster, some maybe just visited seasonally or remained within the brackish habitats, other, like the lungfishes were certainly bottom dwellers while others, like this gar swam within the upper parts of the water column. 
acepredator's avatar
Leopard seals are more likely IMO
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That's a question of how aquatic Spinosaurus really was, from the momentary scientific viewpoint it's not possible 
to say how many time this animal lived in the water and it's controversial to assume that it hunted mostly or only 
within the water.
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Hope you enjoy it! :)
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Of course I enjoy it! Nice stuff =D
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Glad you like it! :brofist:
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