Jabili Abdel Maqsoud, Professor of Geology at the Faculty of Science at South Valley University and Director of the Vertebrate Paleontology Center at the same university, revealed the scenes of the new achievement and the time needed by the research team that worked under his leadership in order to reach the scientific discovery that dates back to the era of dinosaurs.
In exclusive statements to “Sky News Arabia”, Abdul Maqsoud said that the Excavations Center at South Valley University has been tracking for a long time the effects of the ancient Tathi Sea, which scholars consider the great ancestor of the Mediterranean.
He pointed out that “the team identified several areas where humans are expected to have lived in the valley desert about 70 million years ago, and they surveyed more than once until the remains of an extinct giant fish, and the beak of the sawfish, which is a huge cartilaginous fish up to two meters long) “.
The academic researcher revealed that the presence of a number of seas and rivers in that period led to a great diversity in the organisms that lived in this area of the desert of Egypt, where “the largest presence of large reptiles and giant fish whose remains are still present”, indicating at the same time that the desert Al-Gharbia “has not yet disclosed the secrets it contains about different eras. We read some of its features with each new discovery.”
The head of the research team explained that he, accompanied by 3 other colleagues, spent 11 days in the desert for the new discovery, and they found, in addition to vertebrate fish, the remains of large parts of a sea turtle, the remains of a large marine reptile that contaminated the dinosaurs, in addition to parts of the teeth of Predatory sharks.
Abdul-Maqsoud added: “For many months, we have been studying the nature and geography of the place being discovered. We visited and examined it more than once on exploration trips, during which we focused on identifying the layers that contain these important fossils, studying the ancient environments in which they lived, and the level of conservation status present on them now.” And determining the possibility of the team’s success in extracting and studying it.
Abdul-Maqsoud listed the benefits of the new discovery, saying: “Through the remains of the fossils that we have found, we can for the first time know some characteristics about life in the continent of Africa within the Tathi sea at that time, and the climatic nature of that region and the organisms that lived on its lands, In addition, the discovery confirms that South Valley University has become qualified to extract giant fossils despite its limited capabilities.
He stressed that “extracting fossils requires precise tools, and they must be handled with utmost care because some of them are difficult to remove from among the rocks after their discovery.”
Abdul-Maqsoud said that his research team has not yet registered the new discovery and has not published it in any scientific journal, explaining that the research paper on the discovery has been completed and will be published within days in the largest scientific journals.