Fossil Fish Formed Fast!

So! The last “Fossils on Friday” before Christmas break! A big one this time – a very special fossil to discover……

 Earlier this year, the fossil in the picture below arrived in the Genesis Museum of Creation Research. It is from the Green River Formation in Wyoming, USA. Can you see what it is? Yes! It is a fossil fish! But there’s a lot more to it…… Can you see big fish? Can you see little fish? Can you see little fish coming out of big fish’s mouth? Wow! What an amazing fossil!

Fossil of a Miolopus fish eating a Knightia fish (Green River Formation – Wyoming, USA),

 This fossil can teach us a lot of things. First, look at the detail on the fish. You can see the fins, the eye, the scales, and all the ligaments that hold the jaw together, as well as the teeth! It is beautifully preserved. This fish was fossilised so quickly, it had no chance to begin to rot away or decay.


The Detail in this fossil is spectacular.
Second, the story often goes that fish get fossilised when they die, sink to the bottom of the ocean, and get slowly buried. But most fish don’t sink when they die, they float! So, this fish has been caught up in sediment, and washed away alive, and buried super quickly, so it can become fossilised. (If you want to learn more about fish floating, fossils, and rapid burial, check out this more in-depth article I wrote for the Creation Research QnA site HERE).


 And that’s not the most impressive bit! It is eating another fish! If you look carefully at small fish, you can see teeth marks in its upper body!


Arrows point to teeth marks within the top of the Knightia fish.


Big fish was almost through his dinner, when he got caught up so suddenly, and so violently, that as he was squashed, little fish went “WOOMP!” right out of his mouth! But how quickly must it have been fossilised! What an amazing fossil, and what it is able to teach us is really important. Fossils have to be formed quickly, or fossils won’t be formed at all!

If you are interested in finding out more, visit the Genesis Museum of Creation Research. Or check out The Creation Research Website. Alternatively visit the “Ask John Mackay” Site to see loads of answered questions on fossilisation, as well as much more.


Enjoy the Christmas break, and may God bless you in the coming New Year! Merry Christmas Everyone!