Eons Ago

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Dunkleosteus terrelli was an ancient fish belonging to the extinct order Placodermi, or “plate-skinned” fish. Dunkleosteus lived roughly 400 million years ago in the Devonian period. It was an apex predator growing up to 33 feet in length and capable of feeding on other armored animals by use of its incredibly powerful bite. Studies have shown that the Dunkleosteus had a bite force of 11,000 pounds, having one of the strongest bites of any animal to ever exist. When that force is focused on one point it could have reached a bite force of 80,000 pounds per square inch.  It is also believed to be one of the first animals on earth to use the suction generated by rapid mouth movement to draw in prey before using its impressive bite to break them apart.

Dunkleosteus terrelli was an ancient fish belonging to the extinct order Placodermi, or “plate-skinned” fish. Dunkleosteus lived roughly 400 million years ago in the Devonian period. It was an apex predator growing up to 33 feet in length and capable of feeding on other armored animals by use of its incredibly powerful bite. Studies have shown that the Dunkleosteus had a bite force of 11,000 pounds, having one of the strongest bites of any animal to ever exist. When that force is focused on one point it could have reached a bite force of 80,000 pounds per square inch.  It is also believed to be one of the first animals on earth to use the suction generated by rapid mouth movement to draw in prey before using its impressive bite to break them apart.

(Source: phys.org)

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