explorations to discover seven million year old fossils of
dinosaurs are to start in Maragheh, West Azarbaijan, for
the first time after 26 years.
Maragheh fossil site is one of the richest fossil sites in
the world, known for containing fossils of mammoths, which
are rarely found in other fossil sites in the world.
According to the director of the environment organization
of Maragheh, Ali Moshtaghpour, the site covers an area of
40,000 hectares, dating back to the fourth geological era,
that is 7 million years ago.
During the previous excavations of the area numerous
dinosaur fossil remains have been found – 2500 of which
are now kept in various museums worldwide.