10-Year-Old Discovers Rare 'Lizard Fish' Fossil
The rare fish fossil could provide insights into how marine species adapt to changing climates.
About three years ago, a curious 10-year-old boy was touring a Colombian monastery when he saw something unusual at his feet.
He spotted what looked like a fish in the flagstones, so he took a photo. A few days later, he brought that image to a nearby Paleontological Research Center, where scientists were able to say with certainty that the boy had stumbled upon a fossil. They notified their colleagues at the University of Alberta and, with combined research efforts from multiple sources, they figured out that the boy had discovered an ancient group of fish that had never before been recorded in the Americas.
"We see that the tropical region was this melting pot of creatures that lived