Scutes refer to the hard structures that cover the exterior of an animal (turtle, crocodile etc.). It generally refers to a thickened horn or bony plate. These Scutes appear to be from a sturgeon species. Lake Sturgeon contain five rows of Scutes. They are the primary defense for sturgeon as most of their body is cartilage. Scutes and dermal plates are some of the only remnants of sturgeon that are found in archaeological sites.
Science Tuesday - Watersheds (March 2017) This event will showcase museum artifacts, including historic log ends and specimens of special species in our Grand River watershed. Learners of all ages will be invited to paint watercolor maps of the Lower Grand River watershed and view aquatic organisms, which act as indicators of water quality.