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The prehistoric jungle of northern Euboia, Greece

A small jungle with hyenes, rhinos, giraffes, gazelles, antelopes, apes and also sabre toothed tigers that lived 7 million years ago in the mountainous region of Kerasia on northern Euboia, Greece, have been discovered by a team of scientists headed by professor of Paleontology Georgios Theodorou.

The prehistoric jungle of northern Euboia, Greece

The excavations, Theodorou said to ANA, are expected to resume in April 2017. "We have already found parts of Acerhorinus neleus, namely the skull and the lower jawbone of a rhino which are displayed at the Mammals Fossil Museum in Kerasia."

The prehistoric jungle of northern Euboia, Greece

"It is a new species for science and the most important exhibit of the museum. It is a 'holotype' the first and only specimen in the world which is used as the basis for the original description of a species. Our team will seek skulls, jawbones and bones from giraffes, gazelles, apes, birds and turtles not discovered yet and have a special importance for paleontology."

The prehistoric jungle of northern Euboia, Greece

Theodorou's vision and dream is the establishment of a modern local museum which will display the finds of the fossils as well as an exhibition on the petrified forest of Kerasia.

An exhibition that will give the opportunity to the visitors to observe the spectacular changes of the geomorphology and enviroment that took place in the last 7 million years, when the Aegean Sea was not sea but land.

Source: ANA-MPA [September 16, 2016]

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