Species of fish with muppet-like mouths found

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Species Of Fish With Muppet-Like Mouths Found

A recently published study describes the discovery of two new species in the genus known as Rhinconichthys.

One was discovered from a fossilized skull in Colorado and the other from reexamined remains in Japan; the only other known sample was from England.

The bony fish are believed to have lived during the time of dinosaurs around 92 million years ago, according to a press release by DePaul University.

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One of their most distinctive and highly specialized features is thought to be their mouths which researchers believe were able to open extra wide to feed on large amounts of plankton.

Because of this feature, some began "jokingly referring to it as 'the Muppetfish.'"

Overall, the research team was impressed with the unexpected diversity and geographic spread of Rhinconichthys.

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