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The Carboniferous

Fossil Did you know what this fossil was?

It is tooth of a fossil fish called Strepsodus. Fish like these could grow up to seven metres long. It was found near Glasgow in rocks that formed towards the end of the Carboniferous period, between 320 and 290 million years ago.

Like some of the other fossils from this period it is stained black. This is because it was found in rocks that contain coal. Coal is made from fossilised plant material that is often dark in colour.

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