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Piranhamesodon pinnatomus

Fossil of piranha-like fish discovered in southern Germany

WASHINGTON: Scientists on Thursday claimed to have unearthed in southern Germany the fossil of a fish that, with its mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, strongly resembled today’s piranhas, the stars of more than their fair share of Hollywood horror films. The fish lived during the Jurassic Period 152 million years ago. Named Piranhamesodon pinnatomus, it is the earliest known example of a bony fish - as opposed to cartilaginous fish like sharks - able to slice flesh rather than simply swallowing prey, enabling it to attack…