From Bude Castle:
The Cornish Heritage Awards are coming up again this year and we have been shortlisted again for Object Of The Year.
The category this year is ‘Weird & Wonderful’ and we have submitted Bude’s very own fossil fish, Cornuboniscus budensis – Bude’s very first resident 300 million years ago! T
his type of fish has never been found anywhere else in the world so please help give this little fish credit by casting your vote here.
More info on Bude’s fish from the Heritage Awards site …
In 1932, the remains of a fossil fish were discovered in the Bude rock formation. It was classified as a new species and named ‘Cornuboniscus Budendis’ in recognition of where it was found. It was roughly the size of a sardine and had razor-sharp teeth a bit like a piranha. It has been proved that the fish lived in a lake, rather than the open sea. At the time it was alive, most of Devon and Cornwall was covered by a vast lake.
Conditions during that period would have been far more tropical, similar to modern Africa. The fish had unusually high pectoral fins. In 1985, geologist Dr Roger Higgs, discovered fossilised trails that could only have been made by a fish propelling itself along the bottom of a lake bed. This would explain the high position of the fins found on Cornuboniscus Budendis. It is thought that it fed on small crabs, using its teeth to pierce the shells. It has been found nowhere else in the world, so is unique to Bude. The fish lived 300 million years ago, before the dinosaurs. The rock formation is was found in is also unique, consisting of folds and zigzags that extend along the coast, it is known as the ‘Bude Formation’. So famous is the rock formation, that it has been studied by generations of eminent geologists as well as universities and oil companies.
It is Cornuboniscus Budensis’ uniqueness that makes it wonderful. There have not been any other examples of the fish found anywhere else, and it can be classed as Bude’s oldest resident.