Muppetfish fossil to be on display in Denver

Posted at 11:57 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 01:57:23-05

The fossil of a prehistoric fish that scientists say is one of only three known in the world is headed to Denver.

The Denver Post reports the Rhinconichthys fossil will join the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's collection.

The complete fish skull was discovered in 2012 by paleontologist Bruce Schumacher in the Comanche National Grassland in southeastern Colorado.

The fish lived during the Cretaceous period and was different from other sea creatures at that time because it had no teeth. Scientists say the fish had large eyes and a lower jaw much longer than its upper jaw.

The fish strained food particles from water, a similar feeding technique used by some sharks and whales.

Schumacher says the other Rhinconichthys fossils were found in Japan and the United Kingdom.


Sign up for Denver7 email alerts to stay informed about breaking news and daily headlines.

Or, keep up-to-date by following Denver7 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.