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Placodermi (Placoderms)

      Placodermi is a class of armoured prehistoric fish, known from fossils, which lived from the late Silurian to the end of the Devonian Period. Their head and thorax were covered by articulated armoured plates and the rest of the body was scaled or naked, depending on the species. Placoderms were among the first jawed fish; their jaws likely evolved from the first of their gill arches. A 380-million-year-old fossil of one species represents the oldest known example of live birth. The first identifiable placoderms evolved in the late Silurian; they began a dramatic decline during the Late Devonian extinctions, and the class was entirely extinct by the end of the Devonian. br> Sources: Ohio State University


A rekonstruction of a giant placoderm Dunkleocosteus inermedius
On-line reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dunkleosteus_interm1DB.jpg


Asterolepis ornata XA585
Placodermi McCoy, 1848 p224

In the Virtual Museum there are total 6 samples

Virtual museum of the Czech Geological Survey, www.geology.cz, (C) Czech Geological Survey, 2011, v.0.99 [13.12.2011]