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6.5 crore-year-old fossil in Ghughua


VIKAS KUMAR | Ghughua, February 21, 2011 10:14
Tags : fossils | ghughua | District Archeology Union | National Fossil Park |

6.5 crore-year-old fossil is one of the many priceless fossils found in Ghughua village in the Dindori district, Madhya Pradesh. Presence of such fossils has helped to establish this village on the world map.

Dr Dharmendra Prasad, former honorary Secretary of District Archeology Union and eminent scientist M B Bande of Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleobotany conducted systematic studies on the fossils. They recognised the scientific importance of these fossils as these fossils represent vegetational history of India. Most of the plants attained their modern forms during this very period, according to the scientists.

On another incident, a dinosaur egg has also been found in the village which is 76 km from Jabalpur on National Highway 11. Study also reveals that Ghughua was a part of a large landmass comprising Indian Peninsula, Africa, Madagaskar, Australia and Africa. The village is also known for its National Park that has been established five years ago.

Jyoti Laxmi, curator of the National Fossil Park, told The Sunday Indian, “An interesting aspect of the fossils found here is that although these plants have become extinct million years ago, but they bear close resemblance to plants of today's times.”

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