A small jungle with hyenas, rhinos, giraffes, gazelles, antelopes, apes and also saber toothed tigers that lived 7 million years ago in the mountainous region of Kerasia in northern Evia are expected to be discovered by a team of scientists headed by professor of Paleontology Georgios Theodorou.
The excavations, Theodorou said to ANA, are expected to resume in April 2017. “We have already found parts of Acerhorinus neleus, namely the scull and the lower jawbone of a rhino which are displayed at the Mammals Fossil Museum in Kerasia. 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 sculls, jawbones and bones from giraffes, gazelles, apes, birds and turtles not discovered yet and have a special importance for paleontology.
Theodorou’s vision and dream is the establishment of a modern local museum in which will be in display the finds of the mammals’ fossils as well as an exhibition on the petrified forest of Kerasia. An exhibition that will give the opportunity to visitors to observe the spectacular changes of the geo-morphology and environment that took place in the last 7 million years, when the Aegean Sea was not a sea but a landmass.