Temporal range: Late Emsian
Yiminaspis shenme is a species of primitive arthrodire placoderm from Emsian-aged marine strata in Yunnan, China. It is closely related to Wuttagoonaspis of Middle Devonian Australia. Y. shenme is known from a flattened partial skull and portions of the thoracic armor.
The genus name translates as "Yi People's shield", deriving from the Chinese name Yímín (simplified Chinese: 彝民; traditional Chinese: 彞民; literally: "Yi People", an ethnic group in China, Vietnam, and Thailand) and the Greek word aspis ("a type of round shield"). The specific name is from Chinese shénme (simplified Chinese: 什么; traditional Chinese: 什麼; literally: "what"), as in "what is it?" reference to the peculiar anatomy of this prehistoric fish.
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