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Something Fishy
« on: May 22, 2015, 12:36:44 PM »
Here is another one of the Fossils Erica and I found on our trip Sarf in April.
Identified as possible teeth of a Pycnodus fish by the Natural History Museum, on our next trip down we are going to let a Geologist in the area it was found in handle it and see if the underlying matrix is all fossil. We remain to be convinced off its full ID.

The Fossil is water worn.

The known whole fossils of Pycnodus have a superficial resemblance to angelfish or butterflyfish. The animals, as typical of all other pycnodontids, had many knob-like teeth, forming pavements in the jaws with which to break and crush hard food substances, probably mollusks and echinoderms.

This is what this fish looked like, sadly we did not find this one

« Last Edit: May 22, 2015, 12:38:47 PM by Acoustic »
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Re: Something Fishy
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2015, 12:50:59 PM »
Excellent find Robin, and thank you for all the interesting information also.  :)
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Re: Something Fishy
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2015, 04:45:22 PM »
...nice find and I hope the ID works out for you!!


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Re: Something Fishy
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2015, 06:00:27 PM »
A very interesting find Robin, I wonder what those teeth last feasted on  :)    I thought for a minute the second pic was the remains of last nights dinner  :D

When I get back from my hols I will need to pop down for a closer look at the fossils,  :)
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Re: Something Fishy
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2015, 07:56:57 PM »
There's a more-than-superficial resemblance to what my local fish-and-chip emporium dishes up... they could probably identify it for you... Good and interesting find! Let's see what it is for sure... Talking of echinoderms, we used to hand-feed sea-urchins to Ballan wrasse (very inquisitive fish) who would come by for a look-see when we were reef-diving. Good post! Cheers!  :)