Man discovers rare ichthyosaur fossil while boting along the shores of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Paleontologists recently discovered a rare “fish-lizard” in northeastern Utah. A team of Utah State Parks paleontologists is studying a fossilized marine reptile that was found along the shores of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The ancient creature is called an ichthyosaur or fish lizard. It looks like a prehistoric dolphin with fangs, except it is more of a fish than a mammal. The fossil consists of a fore fin, vertebrae, and ribs. The average size of an ichthyosaur could be as big as an adult dolphin to a small whale. It had a similar snout and compact fins with a tail [...]