Shark dermal denticles (oscicles)
Middle Pennsylvanian Series
Desmoinesian Stage - Marmaton Group
Altamont Formation - Lake Neosho Shale Member
St. Louis, Missouri
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Petrodus sp. - dermal denticles
These denticles formed an overlapping skin armor that protected the sharks.
These denticles are called Petrodus. At one time they were assumed to be from
a single species of shark, but they have been found associated with a number
of different species. Petrodus patelliformis is no longer considered correct.
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