Fossil Fish Head-shield, Type Specimen

This is an incomplete head-shield of a fossil fish found in old red sandstone rocks at the Wolf's Hole quarry near Bridge of Allan. These early armour-headed fish swam in the Devonian seas around 390 million years ago. This specimen is an example of a type specimen on which scientific names are based. The specimen was collected by the Victorian geologist, Reverend Hugh Mitchell (1822-1894), and gifted to the Perthshire Society of Natural Science. In 1963 the fossil was examined by fossil fish expert, Dr Errol White of the British Museum (Natural History). He realised this fossil was new to science and gave it the scientific name Securiapis caledonica.

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  • Accession number: 1979.192.4
  • Category: Natural HIstory
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