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Iranian, German researchers discover new species of fossils


Mashad Iranian researchers from Ferdowsi University of Mashad and Museum für Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History) in a joint research discovered one fossil genus and six species.

A genus is a taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, as well as viruses, in biology. In the hierarchy of biological classification, the genus comes above species and below family.

The species is the smallest classification unit of creatures, which refers to a group of them who have a genetic and structural relationship with each other and after reproduction are able to pass on their traits to future generations.

The Ferdowsi University of Mashhad announced that researchers studied Permian ammonites in northwestern Iran and discovered macro-fossils with an approximate lifespan of 253 million years.

The fossils are from the sedimentary sequence of Alibashi region formation located on the banks of the Aras River and east of Jolfa.

The Natural History Museum is a natural history museum located in Berlin, Germany. It exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history and in such a domain it is one of three major museums in Germany alongside Naturmuseum Senckenberg in Frankfurt and Museum Koenig in Bonn.

In a separate study, researchers of Ferdowsi University of Mashad together with those in Islamic Azad University of Isfahan, Museum für Naturkunde, and Adam Mickiewicz University of Poland found new species of fossils.


Source: Islamic Republic News Agency – IRNA


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