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Jurassic-era fossils discovered in Pakur
“A treasure trove of Jurassic-era fossils has been discovered in Sonajori Matiya Hills of Jharkhand’s Pakur district.
Geologist Ranjit Singh and Pakur forest officer Rajnish Kumar have claimed to be the first to discover the rare petrified plant fossils in the Hills in January. They also discovered other ideal fossils like Belemnite, Trilobite and Ptillophylum around February end.
Experts said fossils are useful in determination of ages of rocks in a particular area. Besides, they are indicators of existing environment, climate, temperature and evolution of life in a particular period of time.
So far, Jharkhand’s Sahebganj district has been famous for rich fossils. They are found are in abundance in Rajmahal hills, which run north-south for 193 km from Sahebganj in Jharkhand to Rampur Haat in West Bengal. The area is famous for Jurassic-era plant and animal fossils, the first fossils being discovered around 1850.
Renowned Indian Palaeobotanist (who studies fossil plants) Prof. Birbal Sahani is considered to have begun the investigation of anatomical features of Rajmahal around 1921 and continued for several years. Dr Sahani had discovered new and unique groups of plant fossils like Pentoxylene and Gymnosperms.
Singh, assistant professor at department of Geology, Sahebganj College, said, “Fossil presence is reported at Pakur’s Amrapara and Amjola area. But, their presence in Sonajori hills was discovered for the first time.”” (…) READ MORE
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