On the News | Priceless fossils up for grabs at Masol village @ The Tribune – India

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Priceless fossils up for grabs at Masol village


Gurpreet, a student, shows a fossil found from one of the seasonal rivulets.
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“Priceless remains of different species of animals, some said to be even 2.5 million years old, are lying scattered in abundance at Masol village of Mohali district and are being sold for Rs 150.

Masol was in the headlines a year ago after excavations by the Archeaological Survey of India found large-size fossils of animals and even human beings. But since the ASI is yet to take full control of the land, the fossils are up for grabs. Villagers, including children or labourers, employed for digging or road construction, have sold the fossils at throw away prices to visitors, who may have sold it further or used those as show pieces in their houses.

A visit by Chandigarh Tribune to the village revealed that fossils were found more after it rained there. Small seasonal rivulets bring the fossils down from the hills and these are later visible on the stream bed.

Harnek Singh, village sarpanch, said residents or labourers have been picking up the fossils and selling these to the visitors, who come in swanky cars. “This has happened after teams of archaelogists, both from India and France, have swarmed the village in large numbers in the last five to six years. After that, many real estate dealers visited the village and have bought land.”

“Some visitors and foreigners have taken these fossils for free or after giving sweets or gifts to children who had collected these. Later, some residents and labourers started selling these fossils,” said Harnek Singh.” (…) READ MORE

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)