Fossil discoveries shared at Baynounah Palaeontology Conference
ABU DHABI // Fossil discoveries will be introduced for the first time on Tuesday in a the first Baynunah Palaeontology Conference.
The conference will show the fossil sites discovered in Al Gharbia and their history.
It is organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA).
“Most sites in the Baynunah Formation have yielded fossilised bones showing a diversity of animals lived in the Arabian Peninsula in the late Miocene Epoch, which was between six and eight million years ago. The Baynunah rocks and fossils indicate that back then, a river system ran across the Arabian Peninsula through what is today the United Arab Emirates,” said Mohammed Al Neyad, director of the historic environment department at TCA.
The conference follows research projects by TCA Abu Dhabi 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 will give information on the fossil sites, their evolution and the significance of animals that previously roamed in Al Gharbia.