RE: NANFA-L-- Sturgeon ancestor discovered?

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Wed, 30 Mar 2005 11:57:14 -0600

This just in.

- Jan Hoover
Vicksburg , MS

New fish species found inside lump of rock
An upholsterer from Scotland has found a new species of fish inside a lump of

According to a report from the BBC, Patrick Gavin from Dunbartonshire, found
a new species of fossilised fish-in-a site near his home.

The teeth, scales and even the stomach contents of the fish are visible.

The new fish, which has been donated to Scotland's Hunterian Museum is around
15cm/6" in length and is believed to be an ancestor of the modern sturgeon,
which are themselves fairly ancient fishes.

Dr Neil Clark, the curator of geology-in-the Museum told the BBC: "It is
always a dream of palaeontologists to find something totally new to science
like this.

"It's a coup for Patrick Gavin and it's a coup for the Museum."

The fish is currently awaiting formal description as a new species of fossil
fish. More at:
(Wed March 30, 2005, 2:00 pm)

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