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Phoenix Woman Finds 200-Million-Year-Old Fossil In Petrified Forest

Stephanie Leco
(Photo courtesy of Stephanie Leco)
Stephanie Leco found the fossil at Petrified Forest National Park.

It’s one thing to have an interest in paleontology, it’s another to go on digs and look for fossils. But, it’s something else altogether if you find a 200-million-year-old fish jaw bone. That’s what happened to Stephanie Leco.

Leco, who is a Phoenix resident, was on a dig at the Petrified Forest National Park last month when she found the fossil, which was about the size of her thumbnail.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.