Dunkleosteus hunting its prey, illustration

Dunkleosteus hunting its prey, illustration

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Credit: JOHN SIBBICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dunkleosteus hunting its prey, illustration. Dunkleosteus measured up to 10 metres long and was the largest animal in the Devonian seas. Massive bony plates protected its head, and a hinge at the back of its skull allowed the head to rise and the jaws to lower, giving it an enormously powerful bite. What appear to be teeth are actually sharp, bony plates at the front of its jaw. It existed from 382 to 358 million years ago.

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