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ARTIST: RICHARD LAZZARA
ART GALLERY BOULDER COLORADO USA

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Date: 2007-05-16 22:37
Subject: Scientists find palm fossils in Ladakh
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"The fossils belong to the middle-late Eocene period, anywhere between 45-33 million years ago," SK Paul, a senior scientist with the Dehradun-based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology said.

The fossils were discovered near Shingbuk, about 12 km from Tsokar which lies in the Indus Suture Zone which divides the Himalayas from the Karakoram Mountains as well as the Tibetan plateau.

The scientists claim that the fossil specimen discovered by them is different from all the known species of Palmacites and have described it as a new species, 'Palmacites tsokarensis', named after the locality from where it was collected.

"Its presence not only indicates that palms were abundant during the middle-late Eocene in the region, but also suggests that the area had not attained as much height as it has today (about 5,000 meters above mean sea level)," he said.

clipped from www.dnaindia.com

NEW DELHI: The frozen deserts of Ladakh once had a coastal environment millions of years ago with palm trees dotting its landscape and scientists have discovered yet another evidence of it in the form of plant fossils.

Palaeobotanists scouring the icy heights of Jammu and Kashmir came across a set of plant fossils near Tsokar in the Eastern Ladakh region a proof of the existence of a coastal environment in the region.

"The fossils belong to the middle-late Eocene period, anywhere between 45-33 million years ago," SK Paul, a senior scientist with the Dehradun-based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology said.

The fossils were discovered near Shingbuk, about 12 km from Tsokar which lies in the Indus Suture Zone which divides the Himalayas from the Karakoram Mountains as well as the Tibetan plateau.

Scientists find palm fossils in Ladakh
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