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III.—On Some Remains of Siluroid Fishes from British Eocene Formations

  • A. Smith Woodward (a1)


Among the early Tertiary Fishes in the British Museum, there are a number of detached spines and cranial fragments from the Middle and Upper Eocene beds of Bracklesham and Barton, which are undoubtedly referable to extinct members of the family of Siluridæ. With the exception, however, of three specimens figured and briefly noticed by Dixon in his work on the fossils of Sussex, all have remained hitherto undescribed; nor is it an easy task to base any satisfactory identifications upon such fragmentary materials.



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page 303 note 1 Dixon, F., “Geology and Fossils of Sussex,” 1st edit. 1850, p. 204, pl. xi. figs. 11–12 [2nd ed. p. 244, pl. 11, figs. 11–13.]

page 304 note 2 “The Siluroids…. came into existence after the Cyprinoids, fossil remains being known only from Tertiary deposits in India, none from Europe.” (Günther, A., “Study of Fishes,” 1880, p. 216.)

page 307 note 1 Pimelodus Sadleri, Heckel, J. J., “Beiträge zur Kentniss der fosilen Fische Oesterreicher,” i. (1849), p. 15, pl. ii. fig. 3.

page 307 note 2 Hon, H. Le, “Préliminaires d'un Mémoire sur les Poissons Tertiaires de Belgique,” 1871, p. 15.

page 307 note 3 Marck, W. von der, “Neue Fische und Krebse aus der Kreide von Westphalen,” Palæontogr., vol. xv. p. 276, pl. xliii. figs. 6, 7; also ib. vol. xxii. p. 248.


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