Abstract

Fossil fish are poorly represented in middle Lower Devonian deposits of the western United States. Here we describe vertebrate microremains from mid-Pragian levels in the Kobeh Member, McColley Canyon Formation, central Nevada. The species diversity of the assemblages is low and dominated by the acanthodian Nostolepis costata Goujet, 1976. This species is found in older (late Lochkovian–early Pragian) deposits in France and Spain and mid-Pragian or slightly younger deposits in Saudi Arabia. This distribution suggests dispersal to the west from the Armorica terrane around the south of Laurussia to the Nevada region, and southeastward to Arabia, on the northern margin of Gondwana.

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