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August 27 2013

A bigger fish for palaeontogists to fry


A chance find in a quarry led to the discovery that Leedsichthys problematicus grew up to 50ft long double previous estimates

An international team of scientists has uncovered the remains of the world's largest fish. The 50ft Leedsichthys problematicus swam the oceans of the Jurassic era more than 160m years ago, sweeping up shoals of plankton through giant, mesh-covered gills. Leedsichthys was eventually wiped out by the same catastrophe that killed the dinosaurs 66m years ago.

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