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Levin Fossil Collection

Pachyrhizodus minumus fin/spine

Near tail portion of the Cretaceous fish Pachyrhizodus minimus. Collected from Cretaceous outcroppings in southwest Smith County, Kansas. Identification by J. D. Stewart of the Los Angeles County Museum. J.D. hunts fossils with me at times.

Equus Patella

Equus patella, from the Pleistocene Period of Florida.

Equus Trapezoid Magnum

Front leg wrist bone of Pleistocene horse. Collected in Florida.

Protosphyraena, fin

This the pectoral fin of the Upper Cretaceous fish Protospyhraena, also known as Erisichthe and Pelecopterus. It had a world wide range as fossils remains have been found in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. Protosphyraena was a large fish with a long slim skull, ending in a very elongate rostrum (I also have one of those). Very long gape, large strong mouth with forward pointing teeth. Large eyes. Probably very dangerous to even larger prey. I collected this particular fin on Oct. 31, 1999, from a pasture with Cretaceous outcropping 8 miles west of Gaylord, Kansas. It had eroded out, and only the larger end was exposed. The length is 13 inches and the width is 3 inches. No relatives, as this fish died out in the Upper Cretaceous.

Macrocephalites macrocephalus

This gastropod is identified as Macrocephalites macrocephalus, courtesy of Quentin Scouflaire of Dijon, France. This animal lived during the Jurassic Period and was recovered from the Callovian layer.