Name: Bawitius.
Phonetic: Bah-wit-e-us.
Named By: B.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Grandstaff,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Smith,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Lamanna‭ ‬,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Lacovara‭ & ‬M.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Abdel-Ghani‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Actinopterygii,‭ ‬Chondrostei,‭ ‬Polypteriformes,‭ ‬Polypteridae.
Species: B.‭ ‬bartheli‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore‭?
Size: Up to‭ ‬3‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Egypt‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bahariya Formation.
Time period: Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Bones and scales.

       Bawitius was a prehistoric relative to the Polypterus genus of fish that we know today,‭ ‬which is also a popular fish amongst aquarium keepers.‭ ‬However comparison between fossils of Bawitius compared with Polypterus,‭ ‬indicate that Bawitius was much larger,‭ ‬potentially reaching sizes up three meters long.‭ ‬Aside from other large fish such as sharks,‭ ‬predatory threats to Bawitius may have come from spinosaurid dinosaurs such as the huge Spinosaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Bawitius,‭ ‬gen.‭ ‬nov.,‭ ‬a giant polypterid‭ (‬Osteichthyes,‭ ‬Actinopterygii‭) ‬from the Upper Cretaceous Bahariya Formation of Egypt.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬32‭ (‬1‭)‬:‭ ‬17‭–‬26.‭ ‬doi:10.1080/02724634.2012.626823‭ ‬-‭ ‬B.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Grandstaff,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Smith,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Lamanna‭ ‬,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Lacovara‭ & ‬M.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Abdel-Ghani‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.


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