Description: This is a nearly complete specimen, with articulated vertebral column. It is also the largest complete, articulated fossil shark skeleton on record, at 25 feet (7.6m) long. C. mantelli has been found throughout the Western Interior Seaway. Not only are shark carcasses extremely rare, but this specimen has several outstanding features:
1. caudal fin and cartilage preserved in correct position.
2. cartilage, possibly fins, and skin preserved in several places.
3. All vertebrae preserved, nearly all in perfect articulation.
There are about 100 teeth preserved with this specimen.
The final display is a panel mount, and features an artificial matrix extending beyond the body outline of the fish, with deeper excavations indicating the body outline.
Comments: Preparation is complete.
Availability: Deliverable now.