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47-million-year-old fossils of marine life found in deserts of Jaisalmer district

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

In the deserts of Rajasthan's district, palaeontologists have stumbled upon nearly 47 million-year-old fossils of primitive whale, teeth, crocodilian teeth and turtle bones, which according to experts suggest that the area was under sea in the pre-historic age.

The western region of Geological Survey of (GSI) had been conducting research on fossils in different parts of and for over a year.

A number of fossils of vertebrates such as whale, teeth, crocodilian teeth and bones of turtle belonging of middle Eocene Age were unearthed from Bandah village in

The research was carried out by senior geologists and under the supervision of Debasish Bhattacharya, the

Kumar said the most important aspect in this finding is a fragmented jaw and vertebrae, which have been identified as that of a primitive

The presence of the marine fossils of Middle Eocene period indicates that about 47 million years ago, there was a sea in this area, he said, adding that faunal record shows similarity with earlier reported fauna of middle Eocene Harudi formation, Kachhch Basin and Gujarat, thus representing similar shallow marine deposition under tropical-temperate conditions.

The Eocene Epoch constitutes the middle part of the Paleogene period (65-23 million years ago), preceded by the Paleocene and succeeded by the Oligocene epoch (34-23 million years ago); all of these periods and epochs were part of the Cenozoic Era (65 million years ago).

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 17:40 IST