Perambalur fossils not Dinosaur eggs - Experts clarify!
Galatta | Oct 26, 2020, 05:16 pm
For quite some time now, the whole of Tamil Nadu has been abuzz with the news of discovery of dinosaur fossils in the Perambalur district, near Trichy! Photos of what seem to be fossilised dinosaur eggs, have been doing the rounds and since, many memes on this have also been flooding the internet! The small village of Kunnam in Perambalur district became the centre of attraction after photos of what people believed to be dinosaur eggs, began circulating on social media. Some farmers came across these, while they were digging in a place named Venkan Pond, for soil. Crowds began congregating at the place and it became the topic of discussion all across Tamil Nadu! However, it looks like there has been a gross miscalculation and all these speculations have been shot down!
Archaeology experts who took a look at the site have confirmed that they are not dinosaur eggs or fossils! They identified the objects found at Kunnam to be concretions - which are hard, concrete and compact mass of matter, formed by precipitation of mineral cement in spaces between other particles. 25 such concretions have been found in the village. Earlier, fossils have been found in Perambalur as well as it's neighbouring Ariyalur districts and this lead the locals to believe that these could be fossils too. A paleontological enthusiast shares that he has found a lot of fossils as well as concretions in Perambalur and found some as recently as in 2016 too. However, he clarifies that these are not dinosaur eggs and states that evidence suggested dinosaurs to have lived around Ariyalur area, about 6.5 billion years ago but that eggs from this period are very rarely found.
The Kunnam Tahsilda and officials of the Geographical Survey of India Department, visited the site in Kunnam and have collected samples. Some reports state that these concretions found in Kunnam are said to be that of Ammonite fossils. Ammonites or Ammonoids were a large and marine species, which originated on Earth in the Devonian Period, over 416 million years ago. An archeological expert is said to have reported that the Ariyalur and Perambalur regions in present-day Tamil Nadu had been submerged by sea in the ages gone by. This could be one of the reasons that the Ammonites had remained trapped in the region for centuries. Ammonoids are said to resemble current living things like octopus, squid and cuttlefish! Stay tuned for updates...