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Varzaghan to Become World’s Hub of Fossil Studies


15 June 2004



Following the discovery of the most complete fossil of a dinosaur, dating back 2–7 million years ago, in the Iranian city of Varzaghan, one of the world’s biggest paleontology centers and museums is slated to be built northeast of the country.

Dinotherium Giganteum is one of the most unique types of dinosaurs and archaeologists have never been able to find a complete set of its skeleton to date. Researchers believe this extinct mammal has been the forefather of mammoths. Iranian repairing staff discovered this precious fossil more than six months ago while repairing the stable of a historical house, named Amir Ershad’s House.


Paleontologists initially thought it belonged to a mammoth: however, studies conducted by scholars at Tabriz University, northwestern of Iran, concluded it has been a Dinotherium Giganteum fossil.

“After some discussions with provincial officials and the University of Tabriz, one of the world’s biggest paleontology centers and museums will be built in Varzaghan,” said Saber Esmaili, the governor of the city, 60 km of Tabriz, the capital city of the northwestern province of Eastern Azerbaijan.

Researchers had already found a few fossils of this dinosaur, but their discoveries comprised just a few separate bones. Head of Iranian Paleontologists said the fossil is 3.5 m in length and weighs over a ton.



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