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Fossil shark spine

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Geology Collection

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Fossil shark spine

The finspine of a fossil shark Tristychius found at the Woodside Pits. It is from the fin which projected upwards from the shark's back.

Tristychius lived during the early Carboniferous Period, 360-330 million years ago. Sharks were common during this period and their teeth and spines are abundant in the fossil record.

Reference: G.1975.18

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

early Carboniferous Period, finspines, fossils, geology, sharks, Tristychius, Woodside Pits

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