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The Devonian

Did you know what that fossil was?

You clicked on the bony remains of a fish called Bothriolepis, pictured below. It was found in Canada (its full name is actually Bothriolepis canadensis) in rocks that formed at the end of the Devonian period, about 360 million years ago.

Bothriolepis was quite an unusual looking fish. Its head and upper body were covered in bony plates. Instead of fins, it had jointed 'paddles' on the sides of its body, allowing it to swim, and possibly 'walk' on the bottom of lakes and rivers.

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