Temporal range: 380–360Ma Late Devonian
|Dunkleosteus skull, Queensland Museum|
Dunkleosteus was a prehistoric fish are biggest member of the family Dinichthyidae ("terrible fishes"). It was a heavily armored primitive fish from the Late Devonian period, living about 360 million years ago. Dunkleosteus was not a shark but a placoderm with a shark-like tail. Fossils have been found in Morocco, Africa, Poland, Belgium, China, and the USA.
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This top predator was up to 11.5 ft (3.5 m) long and had large, scissor-like cutting jaws with serrated, razor-sharp bones, but no teeth. Its skull was over 2 feet (65 cm) long. It had a jointed neck, an eel-like tail, a scale-less body, and hinged body shields.