Fish

Guts and all!

A very unusual feature of this fossil is the gut content – visible towards the back end of the specimen where the scales have come away. The exceptional preservation can be used to find out what ancient fish ate.

Find out more on the fish page.

Common name

Fish

Scientific name

Caturus

Type

Vertebrates > Fish


Strata

Black Ven Marls

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

192 million years

Where found

Charmouth

Found by

Richard Edmonds, and prepared in acetic acid by David Costin

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.10819