The Fossils

Remigolepis walkeri

Pronunciation: Remi-go-lee-pis walker-i
Translation: "Walker's oar-scale"
Named after Kevin Walker, founding chairman of the Age of Fishes Museum, and the short oar-like pectoral fin.
Period: Late Devonian (360-70 million years ago)
Description - small mud-eating armoured fish
Length - up to 35 cm

Class - Placodermi ('plated-skin' - the armoured fishes)
Order - Antiarchi (armoured pectoral fins)
Family - Remigolepidae
Genus - Remigolepis
Species - Remigolepis walkeri

World-wide, Remigolepis is not quite as common as Bothriolepis, but different species are known from Devonian rocks in China, Greenland, Russia, and several sites in Australia. In contrast to Bothriolepis the pectoral fin is quite short, and Remigolepis may not have been as effective a swimmer as Bothriolepis.

Remigolepis walkeri is very common at Canowindra - more than 1500 specimens have been found so far. Unlike in Borthriolepis, the body and tail of Remigolepis was covered with tiny bony scales and it is often well preserved in the fossils at Canowindra

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