Actinopterygii; Subclass Neopterygii; Order Amiiformes (or Parasemionotiformes);
Time: Lower Triassic (~240 m.y.a.)
mm long Matrix: 48 mm by 83 mm
fish has been the subject of much debate by some advocates of creationism.
It has been ascribed by them to the lungfishes, but is currently
believed to be allied with the bowfins (Amiiformes). Whatever the
case, it is a well-preserved specimen found here in an Early Tertiary
nodule form Madagascar. Specimens are rarely so complete. Notice
the delicate fin rays and regular pattern of the scales. This one
is missing only the distal portion of the caudal fin, a fine example
of a genus that went extinct during the early Triassic.