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Ancient fish fossil discovered in NSW

Ancient fish fossil discovered in NSW

Updated 7 March 2013, 22:29 AEDT

A fish with a 4cm fang protruding from a near half metre jaw, so ancient it pre-dates dinosaurs, may hold the key to the evolution of Australia's first land animals.

That's the finding of scientists from the Australian National University who've discovered the fossil of a giant prehistoric predator fish dating back 360 million years. 

 
The fish has been named the 'edenopteron'  after the region in New South Wales in which it was found - Eden, on the state's South Coast.
 
Tracee Hutchison spoke to Doctor Gavin Young is with the Research School of Earth Sciences at the ANU, part of the team that discovered the creature.
 
Presenter: Tracee Hutchison
Speaker: Doctor Gavin Young is with the Research School of Earth Sciences at the ANU

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