Russian paleontologist Andrey Ivantsov: Yakutia is the birthplace of trilobites

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The model of remains of the most ancient trilobite (500 million years old), which was found in the conservation area in Yakutia, was handed on to Lena Pillars museum from Moscow-based paleontologists. They have also told the YSIA about the uniqueness of the natural park.


Let us recall that last year scientists discovered unique fossils in the area of Lena Pillars. New lagerstätte (a sedimentary deposit that exhibits extraordinary fossils with exceptional preservation – sometimes including preserved soft tissues) is essential for world science and especially for the research on Cambrian explosion. Aside from Lena Pillars, there are only two similar places in the world – in China and in Canada.

China and Canada are well known for their Cambrian deposits, some specific museums and centers work there. However, according to scientists, Lena Pillars is the frontier region despite of its geologic and paleontologic value is indisputable.

The most ancient trilobite was found at the territory of this natural park. It means that they spread all over the world from here. Cambrian fauna is essential for the development of science: it’s the period when modern animal species were originated“- Andrey Ivantsov, the scientist from the Paleontological Institute, Candidate of geological and mineralogical science, said.

“The paleontological tourism is growing in popularity now. It implies that people visit places of finds and centers for its study. Yakutia seems to have the potential to be as famous as Burgess Shale in Canada and Chengjiang in China. The projects aimed to unleash the potential of this natural park can help to affirm the republic as the Paleontological centre for the Study of Cambrian Period, “Vasily Kalitin, the director of the natural park Lena Pillars, highlighted.

Only two lagerstättes of the Cambrian period were known in Former Soviet Republics up to last year. Both of them were found in 90s on the right bank of the Lena River next to the stream of Ulakhan Tuoydah.

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