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International Paleontology Research Project between the professor of Zanjan University and the professors of the University of Helsinki



International Paleontology Research Project between the professor of Zanjan University and the professors of the University of Helsinki

Following an agreement between Zanjan University and the University of Helsinki, the university of Helsinki's  professors traveled to Iran at the invitation of the Geological group and the International Scientific Cooperation Group of Zanjan University and conducted their field research in the Maragheh region. Maragheh region due to having fossil remains of the upper Miocene vertebrates (8 million years ago) is unique in Iran, West Asia and Eastern Mediterranean region and it has been interesting for foreigner  paleontologists since mid-19th century. Part of this fossil region, which has a higher abundance, has been introduced as a national natural resource and is being monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency over the past decade.

In addition to this research, a specialized meeting for the evolutionary paleontology (with an emphasis on the vertebrate paleontology of the Maragheh's fossil), in the presence of Dr Ghavidel Siyuki, and Dr. Majid Mirzaei Ataabadi of Zanjan University, was formed, through the efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency of Maragheh and they spoke of their achievements in the project. Professor Mikael Fortelius and Dr. AnuKaakinen of University of Helsinki presented their lectures in the role of ecology in evolution and also the results of recent studies in the Maragheh fossil region. Then Dr. Mirzai Ataabadi spoke about the Maragheh fossil complex and in the end two Ph.D. students also presented their research results in the Maragheh fossil region. The meeting was held in the sidelines of the 20th National Conference and the 8th International Biological Congress on August 31 in Maragheh.

 


Date: 2018-09-25 02:48:48