Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October 19. 2010 : Iniopteryx (Extinct)


Iniopteryx ("Nape Wing") is an extinct genus of cartilaginous fish. It is from the Pennsylvanian epoch of the Carboniferous period, approximately 300 million years ago. Their fossils have been found in North America, primarily in two states: Ohio and Montana. In general, very little is known about this species.

Iniopteryx was a plump, small-sized chiemaera-like fish. It is known that the species average size was around half a meter long in length. While the species had specialized spines and fins similar to that of a flying fish. It is possible that it could glide through the air just like them. However, it is accepted by Scientists and Paleontologists that Iniopteryx was indeed a fish that was the bottom-dwelling kind.

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