Permian Fossil Fish from Germany
Chordata; Infraphylum Gnathostomata; Superclass Osteichthyes; Class Actinopterygii
(ray finned fishes); Paleonisciformes; Family Amblyppteridae
Time: Early Permian (~280 million years
mm long; Matrix: 90 mm by 72 mm
Jeckenbach Formation, Rotleigendes (Red Beds), Odernheim, Germany
is a very well preserved example of a Paleoniscoid fish known as
Parmablypterus. The paleoniscoids were the first ray-finned
fish, a feature readly
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.
fossil pictures to enlarge