Fossilised ray tooth plate, SEM

Fossilised ray tooth plate, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fossilised ray tooth plate, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Rays evolved in the Devonian period, between 416 and 359 million years ago. The hard bony plates in the mouths of rays were, and still are, used to crush open the hard shells of molluscs and crustaceans.

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Keywords: animal, animals, biological, biology, brown, cartilage, cartilaginous fish, coloured, false-coloured, fauna, fossil, fossilised, fossils, mouth, palaeontology, paleontology, prehistoric, prehistory, ray, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, tooth plate, vertebrate, vertebrates, wildlife

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