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Ancient Fossil of 'Lizard Fish' Found By Child Touring Colombian Monastery in 'Once
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A curiously fish-shaped design that caught the eye of one small tourist turned out to be a rare 'lizard fish' fossil from the Cretaceous period. While taking a tour of the Monastery of La Candelaria, situated near the town of Ráquira Boyacá, Colombia, a young boy noticed a fish shape embedded in the flagstones on which he was walking, according to a press release from the University of Alberta. Excited by what the photo appeared to show, the staff shared the image with paleontologists from the University of Alberta, who identified the fossil as Candelarhynchus padillai—a 90-million-year-old species of fish with no modern relatives. read more
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