90 Million-year-old Fish Fossil Discovered By Accident, Scientists Couldn’t Believe Their Eyes

90 Million-year-old Fish Fossil Discovered By Accident, Scientists Couldn’t Believe Their Eyes

As he was visiting a Colombian monastery 3 years ago, a 10-year-old boy found something that looked similar to a fish inside a stone. He took a photo and went to the nearest Paleontological Research Center, where scientists couldn’t believe their eyes. The boy discovered a 90 million-year-old fish fossil.

The scientists at the Paleontological Research Center collaborated with the University of Alberta and concluded that the boy discovered a 90 million-year-old ‘lizard fish’ fossil of an ancient species that wasn’t registered in the Americas, by then.

The location of the discovery

The monastery is located outside Raquira, Colombia, and underwent a project of constructing new walkways. Researchers believe that the fossil was trapped in one of the stones used for the construction of the walkways, which were brought from a quarry in Boyaca.

Accordingly, the quarry in Boyaca granted researchers access inside the facility for further paleontological research.

The importance of the fish fossil discovery

The 90 million-year-old fish fossil, which was named by the scientist as Candelarihynchus padillai, is 16 inches long and presents well-dented long jaws.

The fish, who had inhabited rivers of the Late Cretaceous, 90 million years ago, was feeding with mollusks, crustaceans, and larvae. The discovery of this fish fossil is really important because the ‘lizard fish’ has no correspondent in modern-day, therefore scientists are hoping they will get some precious new information about the evolutionary trend of the marine fauna in the Americas, as this fossil is the first of its species ever found in the area.

Researchers are now looking for the boy who made the discovery

The scientists would be honored to officially give the discovery’s credit to the boy who found the fossil but, unluckily, they can’t contact him as they only have his name and an email address which may not be in use anymore.

However, the scientists hope the boy will contact them after he will read the article about the 90 million-year-old fish fossil discovery which was published in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.


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