Fish Fossils Found in Phnom Svay of Banteay Meanchey

AKP Phnom Penh, August 15, 2020 —

Archeologists and researchers have identified rare fish fossils buried in the ground in Phnom Svay of Banteay Meanchey province.

The news was shared yesterday in a press release from the Ministry of Environment, stressing that the discovery was made by by Mr. Lim Vanchan of the Fossil Study Team of Hertiage Area Department of the General Department of Local Communities of the Ministry of Environment.

The fish fossil in the form of limestone with the size of 3 by 8 centimetres was spotted with many other fossil specimens.

However, the research team cannot tell what kind of fish it is yet and is undergoing further study on this.

Phnom [mountain] Svay is a sort of Limestone Mountain believed to have emerged from the sea, and it was scientifically proved to have been identified during the Permian period (225-280 million years ago) of the Paleozoic era.

The fish fossil is probably the first of its kind ever published in Cambodia, according to the release.

(Photo: Ministry of Environment)

By Phal Sophanith