Size of jaw and shape of teeth suggest this carviverous fish caught
something small (it is small itself) and slippery (hence the "hooked"
The small fragments in the matrix include scales, teeth and bone
fragments and give us an idea of what food sources could be around
The size of the backbone in this case can give us an idea of the size of
the fish, maybe even it's approximate length
In the matrix surrounding the fossil at this site were possible stomach
contents - a record of what that fish ate ... written in the stone
with the fossilised remains of scales, bones and squid claws
source from the collection of Earth Science Australia
Long The Long History of Australian Fish Fossils p337-428, in P.
Vickers-Rich et al Vertebrate Palaeontology of Australasia1996