Paramblypterus Permian Fossil Fish from Germany

Name: Paramblypterus duvernoyi

Phylum Chordata; Infraphylum Gnathostomata; Superclass Osteichthyes; Class Actinopterygii (ray finned fishes); Paleonisciformes; Family Amblyppteridae

Geological Time: Early Permian (~280 million years ago)

Size: 83 mm long; Matrix: 90 mm by 72 mm

Fossil Site: Jeckenbach Formation, Rotleigendes (Red Beds), Odernheim, Germany

Permian Fossil Fish ParamblypterusThis is a very well preserved example of a Paleoniscoid fish known as Parmablypterus. The paleoniscoids were the first ray-finned fish, a feature Parambylpterus fossil fishreadly seen here. Some 40 or more families appeared during the Carboniferous and Permian Periods. This genus went extinct during the Lower Permian. Notice the details in the rhombic scales and the heterocercal (longer top lobe) caudal fin. The only restoration is to the top of the head. Specimens are no longer being quarried from the region.

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