Unexpected discovery of fossils of about 200 million years old in Gia Lai

Photo samples and information are sent to geologists and archeologists for evaluation. These are the Stone Chrysanthemum fossils - a group of extinct marine molluscs. The age of these fossils can range from 200 to 150 million years ago.

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Chrysanthemum fossils were discovered at the banks of Tonia village, Chu Gu commune, Krong Pa district (Gia Lai). Photo: Quang Tue (Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Gia Lai Province).

Accordingly, the land beside the Tonle river, Chu Gu commune, Krong Pa district has about 30 vestiges of unidentified objects . Some artifacts were swept away by water, leaving the hollow holes in the ground. Others were blown by wind and rain, only the bottom was left, arched like a small pan bottom completely out of the ground. However, most of these objects remain in the ground, leaving only the hardest part of the surface exposed, the measured surface having a diameter of 20 - 30cm.

Density of artifacts is quite thick, where they lie next to each other, but not in a certain order. Most likely these artifacts appear because in recent years, the banks of Ba River on Chu Gu commune have been eroded, causing them to be swept away or eroded.

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Stone fossils are found in Gia Lai. Photo: Quang Tue (Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Gia Lai Province)

Mr. Nguyen Quang Tue took photos, scouted an artifact close to the edge of the water and sent this information to experts in geology and archeology in the country.

According to Dr. Phuc, the discovery of the Stone Chrysanthemum fossils in the southern part of Gia Lai province, further reinforces the previous prediction: The Central Highlands was once a sea.

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Close up of fossil Chrysanthemum stone. Photo: Quang Tue (Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Gia Lai Province)

Earlier, the stone chrysanthemum was found in some provinces such as Cao Bang, Dak Nong . but this is the first time this kind of artifact dating back to Gia Lai has been discovered.

Along with new information on archeology of old stone and fossil wood in Phu Thien district, Ayun Pa town (Gia Lai) was recently announced, Cuc Da fossil in Krong Pa district will supplement and enrich. add a geological and archeological heritage map of Gia Lai province in this area.

The above Chrysanthemum rocks have no economic value but only geological values, serving archaeological research. Local authorities recommend that people should not listen to the information lost, digging, breaking the status quo of the above fossil structure.

According to the plan of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Gia Lai province, in the near future, the unit will coordinate with the local authorities to take measures to encroach these fossil rocks to serve scientific research. , education and local tourism.

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