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Amphibian Fossils Discovered Near Esfahan


05 July 2005



Isfahan researchers recently discovered fifty fossils of amphibians estimated to be 380 to 400 million years old in the Chariseh region, north of Isfahan, the curator of the Isfahan Natural History Museum announced on Tuesday.


Mohammad-Ali Jafarian said that the recent studies in Chariseh indicate that the region is one of the richest fossil areas in the world that has not been thoroughly studied.


The Isfahan researchers believe that fossils from all geological periods will be found in Chariseh.


“Chariseh is an important world fossil region. Its main geological period is the Devonian period, while the studies date the region to 600 million years ago.


“The amphibians were living in the region millions of years ago during the time when Isfahan was a sea,” Jafarian added.


Fossils of animals such as turtles and coral 30 to 60 million years old were also discovered in the region, he said, adding that the recent discovery proves that the region was home to unique species of animals millions of years ago.


Researchers plan to conduct more studies in the Chariseh fossil region, which is still relatively unknown to the world.




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