The Environment Ministry’s team of archaeologists have discovered several fossils of marine life in Mondulkiri province’s Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary, suggesting that the area was submerged millions of years ago.
Neth Pheaktra, ministry spokesman, yesterday said that several types of sea fossils were collected by a working group from its Department of Heritage and Archaeology in Koh Nhek district recently.
“The working group cooperated with the Mondulkiri provincial environment department and uncovered all sorts of marine fossils in the wildlife sanctuary,” he said.
Mr Pheaktra said that the ministry will continue to do research on the fossils and make a detailed analysis, including carbon-dating which could provide clues into the prehistory of the area,” he said, adding that the findings would be made public.
Keo Sopheak, director of the provincial environment department, said that apart from the prehistoric marine life, there are also other kinds of interesting fossils such as of snails and squirrels.
“The Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary has a history of being inhabited by all sorts of animals since millions of years ago,” Mr Sopheak noted.