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Cabinet of Curiosities: Natural History, Entomology and Minerals / Rare poisson corallien de Bolca Rare Coral Fish Fossil from Bolca

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Rare poisson corallien de Bolca

Rare Coral Fish Fossil from Bolca
21 September 2022, 14:00 CEST
Paris

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Rare poisson corallien de Bolca

Rare Coral Fish Fossil from Bolca

Pycnodus platessus
Middle Eocene
Bolca, Italy

Pycnodus, derived from the Greek meaning "dense tooth", is an extinct genus of ray-finned fish ranging from the Jurassic to Eocene periods. As its name suggests, it is the type genus of Pycnodontiformes. These fish had many knob-like teeth, with which to break and crush hard food substances. In the Bolca deposit, this diminutive fish is a far more rare discovery than the Mene rhombea. The Pycnodus platessus, is seen here in an excellent state of preservation with eye, fins and tail all having minute details. The fish measures 4.5 cm x 3 cm. With metal hook to the verso for ease of hanging. Matrix measures 10 cm x 8.5 cm

Footnotes

Paper label to the verso stating Picnodonte, E. Cerato & Figlio, Eocene Medio, Pesciaia di Bolca

Lit: Sorbini, Lorenzo, LA COLLEZIONE BAJA DI PESCI E PIANTE DI BOLCA, Verona 1983, tav. 14 e 15.

Provenance: Property of a German Collector

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