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Fossils from Monmouth County, New Jersey

The Bony Fish (Osteichthyes)

Some of these fish had a vicious way of securing themselves a meal according to modern fish. These fish have true bone comprising most of their skeleton. Teeth, small bones (mostly skull and jaw sections), vertebrae, scales, and brain cases are the only parts that can be recovered for the most part. The enamel on their teeth is thinner and more fragile than the one on shark teeth, but it appears to be less affected by stream wear than shark tooth enamel. The New Jersey fish fossil record is very fragmentary.

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Pycnodont

(Anomoeodus phaseolus)

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Hadrodont

(Hadrodus priscus)

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Bonefish

(Paralbula casei)

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