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One of nature’s success stories

Pholidophorus is the only fossil fish from the Purbeck Beds that is related to modern-day fish. Unlike all of the other fish from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, which are armoured and cumbersome animals, Pholidophorus has a modern fish form. It also has different jaws, gill plates and thinner scales. Ancestors go back into the Lower Jurassic period, some 65 million years older than the Purbeck beds. This makes Pholidophorus one of nature’s success stories.

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Common name

Fish

Scientific name

Pholidophorus granulatus

Type

Vertebrates > Fish


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group, Middle

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

142 million years

Where found

Swanage

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00320