Soner AYDIN / MERSİN, (DHA) | Saturday, May 22, 2021 – 13:28 | Last Updated: 22 05 2021 – 13:28
A snail fossil, estimated to date back to the Paleocene period, was found in the 1500-altitude Arslanköy neighborhood of Mersin’s central Toroslar district. The cyclist, Süleyman Uygun, who found the fossil, donated it to the museum at Mersin University (MEÜ) Faculty of Fisheries. The reviewer Prof. Dr. Deniz Ayas said that the snail fossil is a rare species and dates back 60 million years.
Süleyman Uygun, who was on his bike 5 days ago, found a snail fossil in the 1500-altitude Arslanköy neighborhood, 60 kilometers from the city center, in the Taurus Mountains. Uygun took the fossil, which he thought was a piece of stone, and shared his photo on his social media account. Having learned that the snail fossil he found in the field as a result of his research, Uygun donated it to the Sea Creatures Museum opened at MEU Faculty of Fisheries. The reviewer Prof. Dr. Deniz Ayas said that the snail fossil is a rare species and belongs to the Paleocene period from 60 million years ago.
Süleyman Uygun, who said he was excited when he learned the history of the snail fossil, said, “While I was cycling in the field, my brother’s son, Uygar, said that he saw something on the ground. I got off the bike, liked its shape, took it with me and shared it on social media. “We donated it to the museum and wanted everyone to see it.”
‘FOSSIL WITH THE ENDER’