Museum Pterichthyodes Devonian Placoderm Armored Fish Fossil

Pterichthyodes milleri

Infraphylum Gnathostomata, Class Placodermi (Antiarcha)

Geological Time: Middle Devonian (385 Million Years Old)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil fish is 80 mm in length by 95 mm across on a 150 mm by 145 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Old Red Sandstone, Caithness, Scotland

Code: AW30

Price: $695.00 - sold

Pterichthyodes milleriDescription: This unusual fish is known as Pterichthyodes, a name which means “wing- fish” a reference to the dramatic pectoral appendages seen Pterichthyodes here. The box-like body was enclosed in armor plates, and provided protection from predators., while the tail itself was unprotected. They are thought to have been bottom dwellers, and may have used their pectorals to “row” along the bottom. Few are ever offered; this one would make a welcome addition to any collection.

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Range of Pterichthyodes in Scotland in blue

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