Fish

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A fishy find!

You’d be forgiven for thinking that these strange round objects are part of a Darlek from Doctor Who! But they are in fact a set of teeth that formed the inside palate of a fish mouth. Both the top and bottom of the mouth was armed in a similar way, forming a strong structure ideal for crushing sea shells and even sea urchins. Many fish today, including the cod, have near identical palates in their mouths.

Find out more on the fish page.

Common name

Fish

Type

Vertebrates > Fish


Strata

Unknown

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

150 million years

Where found

Portland

Found by

Presented to Portland Museum by Mr Butcher of Portland,16th April 2004.

Museum

Portland Museum

Accession number

POLPM.2004.05.b