Ancient Anchovies

Scientists have found a fossil which shows ‘sabre-toothed’ anchovies in the sea millions of years ago – with enormous, sharp teeth.

Anchovies nowadays are very tiny fish, about half the length of your little finger.  You often find anchovies on the top of a pizza! Lots of people don’t like them as they have a very strong flavour, but anchovies are important in the oceans food chains as they feed on plankton, and then get eaten by bigger fish.


But millions of years ago (about 55 million years to be precise) it seems these anchovies were huge predators.


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