Placoderm Skull (MUSPE104)
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This disarticulated skull belonged to a Placoderm. Placoderms were a class of armored prehistoric fish, which lived from the late Silurian to the end of the Devonian Period. Their head and thorax were covered by articulated armored plates and the rest of the body was scaled or naked, depending on the species. Placoderms were among the first jawed fishes; their jaws likely evolved from the first of their gill arches. A 380 million year old fossil of one species represents the oldest-known
example of live birth. The first identifiable Placoderms evolved in the late Silurian; they began a dramatic decline during the Late Devonian extinctions, and the class was entirely extinct by the end of the Devonian.
This specimen is its original matrix has been expertly prepared, it is in remarkable condition. Most of the skull and jaw bones are present. This is an amazingly rare specimen, it would make a great addition to any fossil collection. It can even be taken out of the matrix and articulated.
Dimensions: 9 1/2: L x 9 1/4" W x 3" H (including matrix)
Location: Krabis, Tafrout region, Morocco.
Age: Devonian: 416-359 MYO
Type: Actual specimen- one only
Note: This specimen is priced net and therefore does not qualify for any wholesale discounts.
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