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Environment min. opens fossil museum

Thursday، 14 January 2016 - 12:00 AM


Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy and Fayyoum Governor Wael Makram opened a fossil museum in Fayyoum on Thursday 14/1/2015.
The new fossil museum of Wadi Al Hitan “Whale Valley” will display valuable fossil remains of whales and sharks unearthed in the area bearing the same name.

Due to the importance of the site, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had declared it a “World Heritage” property, a strictly protected area.

The globally important fossils of Whale Valley, in the Western Desert, provide dramatic evidence of one of the iconic stories of evolution: The emergence of whales as ocean-going mammals, from their previous life as land-based animals.

The area is occupied by numerous excavation sites of whales, sharks, petrified mangrove bushes and corals, a wide variety of fossil plants and various other remains of the prehistoric sea.


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