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More Pre-historic Fossils Found In Varzaghan


16 June 2004



Paleontologists, having just recently discovered a Dinotherium Giganteum’s fossil northwest of Iran, announced they have unearthed fossil remains of a horse and giraffe, dating back 2 –7 million years ago.

These new findings have boosted their theory that Varzaghan, 60 km of Tabriz, where they discovered the most complete fossil of the pre-historic dinosaur, is indeed a fossil field, aging several million years. “The unearthing of a horse, giraffe and Dinotherium Giganteum’s fossil all indicate Varzaghan is an important paleontological site in the whole world and further studies can clear more ambiguities and fill more gaps of our knowledge about gigantic creatures of the pre-historic times, said Dr. Zeinolabedin Abrishamchi, a professor of geology and paleontology in the University of Tabriz, the capital city of the northwestern Eastern Azerbaijan Province.

He added the fossil of the giraffe, now extinct in modern Iran, is yet to be completely unearthed and the discovery of carnivore and herbivores’ remains indicates that researchers have found a vast area rich in pre-historic fossils.

Earlier it was announced that following the discovery of the most complete fossil of Dinotherium Giganteum in Varzaghan, one of the world’s biggest paleontology centers and museums was planned to be built northwest of Iran.

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 mansion, 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, governor of Varzaghan.



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