Dunkleosteus prehistoric fish

Dunkleosteus prehistoric fish

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Credit: CHRISTIAN DARKIN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dunkleosteus prehistoric fish, artwork. This extinct fish lived in the Devonian period (408-360 million years ago). Dunkleosteus was a large predatory fish that had plates of sharp bone within its jaws instead of teeth. It belonged to the class known as Placodermi, which were distinguished by having heavily-armoured heads and a scaleless body. Some species of Dunkleosteus are thought to have reached lengths approaching ten metres.

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