Dinosaur Fossils National Park Dhar : Dinosaur once roamed here


Fossils Found

Background

  • The park's wild landscapes, topography, geology, paleontology, and history make it a unique resource for both science and recreation.
  • Landscape once part of Coast of Tethys Sea when India subcontinent was travelling towards Eurasian approx. 100 MN years ago
  • Due to Deccan lava explosions and volcanic activities these estuarine ecosystem is beautifully preserved under constant flow of lava over it.
  • Since whole estuarine landscape got fossilized diversity in fossils is huge and unparalleled which cannot be found in any other part of the world.
  • Fossils discovered from this area includes sauropod (herbivore dinosaur) bones , Complete nest of dinosaurs along with the eggs , shark teeth , footprint of dinosaur , tree Fossils ,marine mollusks such as oysters and gastropods, inoceramids and other marine organism fossils
  • Fossils can unravel myths about the evolution .A thorough research would also challenge the existing theory of evolution. Proper and extensive research may unfold the mystery of Rarest and most significant (the inter-trapping fossil) which if studied properly can throw light on early life on earth.

“Dinosaurs may be extinct from the face of the planet, but they are alive and well in our imaginations.” – Steve Miller.

“I would give ten years off the beginning of my life to see, only once, Tyrannosaurus rex come rearing up from the elms of Central Park…We can never have enough of nature.” - Edward Abbey.

“Dinosaurs are the best way to teach kids, and adults, the immensity of geologic time.” - Robert T. Bakker.

Significant Features

  • The area is notified as Dinosaur Fossils National Park, Bagh under section 35(1) Wildlife Protection Act ,1972. which gives ample security to conservation of fossils and landscape
  • In addition to this ,ESZ has been notified on 17 Aug 2017 to an extent of 250 mts enveloping the PA. which gives further impetus to conservation activities.
  • Rare Fossil remains dating back to more than 65 million years
  • The fossil remains lie on the ground surface and easily decipherable.
  • Trained personnel to explain to the visitors.
  • Research by Local Academician
  • Opportunity:
    • In the major tourist circuit of Mandav Fort
    • Proximity to the ancient Bagh Caves
    • Has a huge Research and Academic Potential
    • It is expected that attraction to visit the million year old fossil site shall gain attention with time.