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Hays, Kansas: Famous Fish-Within-A-Fish Fossil

A fish, fossilized after just eating a smaller fish, which was also fossilized. Discovered in Kansas in 1952. "If you come through Kansas again you must see that fossil."

Sternberg Museum at Fort Hays University

3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, KS
Sternberg Museum at Fort Hays University. I-70 exit 159. Drive south, turn left on 27th St., drive about a mile, then turn left again on Sternberg Drive.
T-Sa 9-6, Su 1-6 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $8.00
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Famous Fish-Within-A-Fish Fossil

The museum has new animatronic displays, sooo worth a stop!

[Erin, 07/25/2017]
Fish within a Fish Fossil

Besides the fish at the Sternberg Museum, there is an authentic shrunken head near the 2nd floor restrooms and an animatronic T-Rex on the 3rd floor.

[Liz, 07/30/2010]
Fish within a Fish Fossil

Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays (785-628-4286) opened in a new museum building in early 1999 and is devoted mainly to dinosaurs. What gives Sternberg its fame is one of the fossils old Mr. Sternberg discovered: the "fish within a fish" fossil. The actual fossil is on display, along with a diorama of Sternberg digging up the find. The museum is filled with life-sized models and murals of prehistoric creatures. Kids will like it more than adults, but even I, visiting alone, spent a good hour looking around. If you come through Kansas again you must see that fossil.

[Robert Collins, 12/07/2000]

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