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Eoholocentrum macrocephalum 
[like a squirrel-fish - an acanthomorph from the Eocene of Italy - Eoholocentrum]

AMNH- Actual fossil of Eoholocentrum macrocephalum as displayed in the American Museum of Natural History, NY. 2000
Found in Italian sediments dating to the Eocene, around 50 million years ago, Eoholocentrum macrocephalum resembles some of the modern squirrel fish I catch off the Florida coast. The pelvic and pectoral fins are close together just behind the head and possess spiney fin rays. It is among the largest group of teleosts, the acanthomorphs. Its large eyes suggest it may have been nocturnal.

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All images ©Michael Patrick Corriss
August 3,2001

Images photographed with Olympus OM-1 35-mm camera, Olympus KHC microscope,
Ricoh RDC-300Z digital camera, scanned by Nikon LS-2000 and
manipulated with PhotoShopLE.
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