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First Hipparion Fossil Discovery in Maragheh

 

06 July 2006

 

 

Cormohipparion Goorisi Cormohipparion Equini Cormohipparion Sphenodus

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Maragheh fossil site in North-West of Iran for the first time led to the discovery of Hipparion fossils, head of the team conducting research on vertebra fossils in the northwestern city said.


Hipparion is an extinct genus of Tertiary mammals allied to the horse, but three-toed, having on each foot a small lateral hoof on each side of the main central one. It is believed to be one of the ancestral genera of the Horse family.

 

Zeynolabedin Pur-Abrishami told news reporters that the newly-found fossils belong to Cormohipparion Equini, Cormohipparion goorisi and Cormohipparion sphenodus species of Hipparions.


He added that apart from North America, discovery of this type of horse fossils have not been reported anywhere else.


The expert further noted that the fossilized bones hint that the history of Maragheh stretches back 13 million years.


So far, experts have come across fossils of horse, gazelle, elephant, giraffe and rhinoceros while carrying out excavations at the 1,000-sq.m. site.


With a population of 250,000, Maragheh is located in southwest of East Azarbaijan provin



 

 

 

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