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Iran uncovers 10-million-year-old fossil site in Maragheh

Iranian excavators uncover a vertebrate fossil site in Maragheh, East Azerbaijan Province.

An Iranian official says a 10-million-year-old fossil site has been discovered in the country’s northwestern Maragheh county in East Azarbaijan Province.

Head of the provincial Department of Environment Shahnam Ashtari said on Wednesday that the site was uncovered in Ahaq village.

He said amazing fossils related to the families of horses, elephants, bovidae, rhinoceroses and all kinds of carnivores have been found during the excavation of the site.

Maragheh fossil site is among the five important Maragheh vertebrate fossil sites in the world, Ashtari noted.

Ahaq is unique in the region in terms of vertebrate, invertebrate and plant fossils, he said, calling for more studies there.

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