Rare dinosaur-era fish fossil found in Colorado

KUSA – A rare fish fossil discovered in southeastern Colorado is one of only three of its kind in the world. 

A U.S. Forest Service employee at the Comanche National Grassland discovered the Rhinconichthys genus during a geological survey near the Purgatoire River.

Before the discovery, the only other Rhinconichthys genus fossils found were in England and Japan.

The prehistoric fish had big eyes, a large mouth, consumed plankton and lived in the sea about 92 million years ago.

 The fossil will be displayed at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Research Center in Woodland Park.

Dr. Bruce Schumacher from Comanche National Grassland and Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Research Center's Anthony Maltese will talk more about the discovery on Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. 

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