Ancient sea creature fossils discovered in Hubei

By Liu Kun in Wuhan and Chen Meiling | | Updated: 2024-04-16 16:42
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A rare fossilized reef limestone forest with a diverse collection of sea creature fossils was discovered recently in Lichuan, Enshi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture in Hubei province. [Photo by Ning Qiong/for]

According to Yu Haoyu, the technical director of the cultural and tourism resources survey in Lichuan, the fossilized reef limestone forest has large tube sponges and fossils of conches and cephalopods.

These fossils are diverse in form, well-preserved, large and complete, occupying over 90 percent of the rock, making them extremely rare in China, Yu said.

Jiantian village is situated in the deep mountainous forest between the Enshi Grand Canyon and the Tenglong Cave in Lichuan. The discovery of these fossils indicates that this area was once an ocean. Considering how rare it is for soft-bodied organisms like sponges to fossilize, researchers suggest that a geological phenomenon occurred at that time, instantly burying and preserving them.

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