Fish Fossil Discovered at Svay Mountain​


A photo of fish fossil found at Svay Mountain

A fish fossil is a specimen of fish buried into the ground and it evolves into the rock. 

The following fossil was discovered by Lim Vanchan, fossil study team of the Department of Heritage Area, General Department of Local Communities of Ministry of Environment in 2019, in Svay Mountain in Banteay Meanchey province. It is worth noting that Svay Mountain has now become Svay Mountain Natural Heritage Site. 

A photo of a fish fossil found at Svay Mountain | Photo: Ministry of Environment

The discovered specimen of fish only remains the head, eyes, fins, and in the middle of the body was half-fractured in the tail part which we can see the red spot about 3 cm and 8 cm long as well as other specimens that buried in a piece of limestone. According to the report, the species of the fish have yet to be defined. In fact, the fish was buried into limestone sediments and then it was frozen into limestone. 

A photo of a fish fossil found at Svay Mountain | Photo: Ministry of Environment

Svay Mountain is the typical type of limestone mountain which historically was the sea and was escalated by the collection of limestone, based on the Geographical Map of Cambodia. Svay Mountain was set in the Permian Period (225-280 million years) in the Paleozoic Era. 

This could possibly be the first fish fossil ever discovered in Cambodia. 

Source: Ministry of Environment | By: Kimlong

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