Researchers last week found fossil crinoids, a type of marine creature, on mountains in Banteay Meanchey province’s Serei Sophorn city, prompting further research in the area.
Neth Pheaktra, spokesman for the Environment Ministry, yesterday said that officials from the ministry’s Department of General Heritage Sites began researching the mountains in Banteay Meanchey province earlier this year, which led to the discovery last week.
“The working group will continue to study the fossils that were found and they will document it for further study,” Mr Pheaktra said.
According to a ministry report, the group of researchers consisted of archaeologists, animal experts and anthropologists.
“As a result, the working group found the fossils of the marine creatures, some of which were identifiable and others that have not yet been identified, as the researchers need time to study the fossils,” the report said, noting that many of the specimens found were crinoids.
It further explained that crinoids are marine creatures, including corals and starfish. They were found on the mountains of Kang Va, Bak, Chanhchang and Svay in Banteay Meanchey province.
The report added that in terms of a geologic time frame, the crinoids fossils are likely to be from the Paleozoic era.
In late April, a team of archaeologists from the Environment Ministry discovered several fossils of marine life in Mondulkiri province’s Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary, suggesting that the area was submerged millions of years ago.