Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Maragheh Fossil Zone Unique

Transfer of fossils discovered in Maragheh, East Azarbaijan province, to the leading museums throughout the world has gained momentum in recent years.

According to Iran Daily English newspaper a representative of Iranian Natural History Museum said that Maragheh was once the habitat of gigantic prehistoric animals millions of years ago prior to the eruption of a volcano at Sahand Mountain.

Gholamreza Zare further said that Maragheh Fossil Area has been considered as the global hub for fossils because of the great diversity of remnants of various animal species.

'Most of the archeologists from Russia, France, Britain and the Netherlands have transferred a large number of fossils unearthed in the area to Vienna Museum for restoration,' he noted.

Zare further said that a total of 573 animal fossils have been discovered in Maragheh since 1972.

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