A Fossil Fish
When you first clapped eyes on this we expect you said: Ah! What a splendid specimen of Dapalis Macrurus! Yes? We thought so.
You will also have instantly recognised what a splendid fossil of this perch-like fish this is. It is on a limestone matrix and comes from the Alps of High-Provence in France from a site that is now closed to further excavation.
It shows very fine details bones, fins and so on and is pleasingly central on its stone.
The stone measures 14cm x 10cm and the fish itself is about 6.5cms long.
This fossil fish is Oligocene - a mere 30-35 million years or so old (this seems to us to allow quite a large margin of error but there we go in our experience palaeontologists are a law unto themselves)
It would look great on a shelf over the bath.