• Geological Age: Middle Devonian period, 393 to 382 million years ago.
• Location: Spittal Beds, Caithness, Scotland, UK
• Family: Osteolepidae
• Species: Osteolepis panderi
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Osteolepis panderi was a lobed fin fish with scales, in fact, the species name also means 'bone scale' a possible nod towards the face that the animal was a bony fish with a back bone. Although they were known to be bony fish, they are classified as terrestrial vertebrates and along with other similar fish were among the many tetrapods which used their lobed fins to eventually walk on land. Its modern day relatives include lung fish and the famous celeocanths which are also known to posses lobed fins. Due to the age of such specimens and as with many fish, perfect, complete fossils are hard to come by, these particular specimens however bear enough characteristics that they can be easily identified as fish. They come from the famous Spittal beds locality in Caithness, Scotland. The actual fish them selves are generally around 60 mm in length, with the matrix slab they are on being between 10 to 12 mm in length. They come supplied in a card tray with an information label. Ideal for serious fossil collectors or for educational use, especially in teaching palaeobiology and evolution.