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Historic Fossils To Be Introduced To Abu Dhabi Public
(10 December 2014)


The first Baynunah Palaeontology Conference will take place at Manarat Al Saadiyat Auditorium on Saadiyat Island.

The conference is part of the Baynunah Palaeontology Project which is a collaborative initiative between the Authority and the Peabody Museum of Natural History of the USA’s Yale University, and has involved experts from USA, Europe and the Middle East. It follows earlier research projects by the Authority and the former Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey in the Baynunah Formation fossil beds in the Emirate’s western region of Al Gharbia.

The conference, which will feature experts from the Authority, Berlin’s Museum fur Naturkunde, Yale, and leading institutions in Italy, the UK, Germany, the USA and France, will take the audience on a journey back to the Abu Dhabi over 7 million years ago through 30 years of discovery. They will also hear, from an expert from the University of Poitiers in France, how hippopotamuses once roamed Abu Dhabi and they’ll learn of their evolution and the significance of fossil hippos discovered in the Baynunah Formation, as well as other smaller mammals which roamed Al Gharbia.

There will be information too on the environmental changes in the Emirate and the role micro-crustaceans played in bringing them about, the history of fossil reptiles and amphibians found in Arabia, the region’s bird history and evidence of the last gomphotheres – which were the first elephants at the crossroads of evolution – to be found in Al Gharbia.

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