Saturday, July 21, 2018

150 million year old animal fossil discovered in Yamal river

Members of the Yamal autonomous region's The Wild North fishing club came across what is believed to be a 100 million year-old animal fossil during a fishing trip in the Ruta-U river on Monday.

After alerting authorities to the discovery of what appeared to be the head of a prehistoric animal, the Wild North members were instructed to leave the fossil in the river. Although a scientific expedition to the Ruta-U river to examine the fossil will not be dispatched until next summer, members of the fishing club will continue to collect photos and videos of the finding and send them to area paleontologists in the interim, Itar-Tass reports.

The discovery was made by Wild North member Oleg Yushkov while he was traveling down the river on a raft. His raft collided with what he thought was a large stone which resembled the head of a prehistoric animal.

Yushkov took pictures the stone and immediately sent the photographs to scientists in Moscow. After analysis, the scientists confirmed that the stone was likely the fossils of a 150 million year-old mesosaurus, according to Itar-Tass.

A separate paleontologist, Pavel Sitnikov, suspects the fossil may actually belong to the Dakosaurus-maximus-- a relative of the modern crocodile which lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, Itar-Tassreports.