Toad stones

Description
Toad stones are the button-shaped teeth of the fossil fish Lepidotes. In folklore they were once thought to originate from the heads of living toads.

Toads were of particular interest to medical practitioners in the past. People believed that concoction made from pulverised toads protected against plagues since the toad’s warty skin resembled spots that are developed by plague victims. The toad powder was placed in amulets and worn around the neck or wrists.

Some people thought that the fossil fish teeth are petrified eyes of serpents and hoped they would protect them from anything evil.
Accession Loan No.
gtemp233
Collection Class
Fossils
Common Name
toad stones
Simple Name
fossil
Full Name
Lepidotes: toad stones
Geology Period
Late Jurassic - early cretaceous
Family Group

Phylum
Chordata
Genus
Lepidotes
Species
species

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