Indo-US team discovers dino fossils in Sironcha’s forest

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Feb 2018 09:37:14


Gadchiroli Correspondent,

It was a thrilling moment for the joint team of scientists from India and the United States of America when they stumbled upon, what are believed to be the fossils of a dinosaur, fish and trees, in the forest coming under Sironcha Forest Division of Gadchiroli.

Dr George Wilson, Vertebrate Paleontologist from Washington University, Dr Jef Wilson, Dinosaur Paleontologist from Michigan University, Dr Dhananjay Mohabe, former Deputy Director General and HoD, Geological Survey of India, Dr D K Kapgate, Nusrat Babar Sheikh, Palobotanist, and Tushar Chavan, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Sironcha were part of the team that carried out research in the forest of Sironcha.

The team has collected fossils from Kotapalli, Bittur and Borgudam villages in the taluka. These fossils are of kota formations, told the scientists. It may be mentioned here that earlier, remains of Barapasaurus tagorei and Kotasaurus Vamampal-liensis were found from the same place during a similar excursion. The scientists informed that the fossils appear to be the toe and part of vertebra, part of neck, ribs of dinosaurs and they could easily be around 150 -160 million years old. These remains will now be sent to the laboratory for further investigations, it was told by the scientists.

Fossils of dinosaurs, fish and trees were collected from Sironcha forest division in 2015 as well with the help of the scientists. After this, a fossil park has been developed at Wadadham village near Sironcha. For further international level study and research of these fossils, scientists from the USA have been called and now they are conducting research. The fossils found in the park on Thursday will be kept in Interpretation and Education Centre being developed in the Fossil Park.

Sironcha is the only place in India where the fossils of trees, fish and animals have been found at the same place. Efforts are being made to develop an international level Fossil Park at Sironcha, told Chavan, Deputy Conservator of Forest.