Fossil Site of Maragheh

Address:
The lands between, the two villages of Shalilvand in north and Qartavol in south, Maragheh county, East Azerbaijan, Iran
About: Fossil Site of Maragheh

Fossil Site of Maragheh is one of the richest fossil areas in the world and in the last studies conducted, ancestral fossils of mammoth, giraffe and deer have been discovered in this area. Fossil layers existing in Maraghe relate to the end of Cenozoic era of geology, i.e. seven to twelve million years ago, and accurate information about lives of these giant animals can be obtained by scientific exploration. Due to existence of Mastodon and mammoth fossils (pre-history fossils), fossil area of Maraghe has global fame and now, it is under protection of environment organization. Fossil area of Maraghe as the first national, natural and fossil remnant of Iran has the highest protection ranking of environment organization.
Fossil site of Maraghe is one the most scarce sites of the world in terms of mammals’ fossils which has been paid attention by scientific communities of the world from years ago. Fone of Maraghe as lost ring of mammals’ fossile fone in south of Asia, gives valuable information anout life and climate conditions and change trend in it, and as a geo-site, a geo-tourism potential which can attract domestic and foreign tourists with various aims has been neglected.

General Specifications
Name
Fossil Site of Maragheh
Age
Seven to twelve million years ago
Special features
Due to the high number of vertebrate fossils found, it is considered as one of the five important fossil sites in the world.
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Best time to visit
Spring and Summer
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Access route
Address
The lands between, the two villages of Shalilvand in north and Qartavol in south, Maragheh county, East Azerbaijan, Iran
Facilities
Parking
Buffet
Restaurant
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