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Lower Persian Gulf Proved to Have Miocene-Age Life



Sunday 21 January 2001



Lower Persian Gulf (Abu Dahabi) - More than 1,000 fossilized remains in freshwater habitats, discovered during an expedition between 1990 and 1995 in what is now Abu Dhabi's Jebel Al Dhana, have lately been proved to be around 5-23 million years old, and it was a convinced signal that there was life in the Western Region of today Abu Dhabi in Lower Persian Gulf as early as in the Late Miocene Age.


These fossils, unearthed and examined by the London-based Natural History Museum, have recently been devolved on by Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil (ADCO), which sponsored the whole expedition project, to the country's Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) for reference, further scientific research and public exhibition.


The leading local newspaper said that the fossils mainly include an elephant's head, a crocodile's jaw, the jaw of an extinct animal similar to the hippopotamus and teeth weathered by sandstone.


These teeth are proved to be from an extinct animal called small pony that had three toes on each foot. The archaeological findings have enlightened that the Lower Persian Gulf has the most diverse paleontological heritage of any southern regions and was once a very important area for wildlife millions of years ago.



Source: XINHUA




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