Devonian Lobe-finned Fish - Holoptychius

At Dura Den in Fife, remarkable fossil fish were discovered during the nineteenth century. Called Holoptychius, these lobe-finned fish lived in freshwater lakes during the Devonian, 390 to 450 million years ago. The fish is thought to have been an ambush predator which lay in wait for passing smaller fish. The large numbers found suggest that they died as the result of a shallow lake drying up during a drought. This specimen was collected during scientific excavations of Dura Den by the British Association for the Advancement of Science between 1912 and 1914.

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  • Accession number: 1982.346.4
  • Category: Natural HIstory
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