A very rare Dapedium Politum Fossil Fish, formed of Whitby Jet

A very rare Dapedium Politum Fossil Fish, formed of Whitby Jet

200 BC to 150 BC United Kingdom

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A very rare Dapedium Politum Fossil Fish, formed of Whitby Jet
Early Jurassic Period 200 Million Years Old

Size: 15.5cm high x 19.5cm wide x 7.5cm deep

Provenance: Ex Collection Maurice Braham
Dapedium were deep bodied fish oval in outline and laterally

compressed. It had large dorsal, anal and pelvic fins and a fan shaped

tail. The skull bones were distinctively ornamented with round

projections and the eyes were surrounded by a ring of plates. At the

front of the mouth were nipping upright teeth, which gave way to a

pavement of circular crushing teeth at the back.


This particular and important fossil Dapedium is formed of Whitby Jet

and has a remarkable black jewel like surface. It is one of only twenty

known specimens of fossil jet fish.
Dimensions
Height 15.50 cm (6.10 inches)
Width 19.50 cm (7.68 inches)
Depth 7.50 cm (2.95 inches)
Medium
Fossil Fish, formed of Whitby Jet
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