Fish

Crushing teeth and jaws

These beautiful and weird structures are the palate of a fish known as Gyrodus meaning ‘turning teeth’. This fish used its round teeth to grind and crush crustaceans and corals, hence the name. We can tell from the shape of the jaws that this fish has a narrow body which gave it speed and agility to evade predators over short distances.

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Common name

Fish

Scientific name

Gyrodus [ornatissimus] cuveri

Type

Vertebrates > Fish


Strata

Kimmeridge Clay Formation

Time period

Upper Jurassic

Age

152 million years

Where found

Weymouth

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00212a+b