French Researchers Find Rare Volcanic Fossil

French Researchers Find Rare Volcanic Fossil

A team of researchers from the University of Montpellier, France, has managed to nail down a new fossil, which was apparently found preserved in volcanic rock of a rhino skull. It has been told that the fossil is made up of a huge two-horned rhino, called Ceratotherium neumayri, found in the Eastern Mediterranean region during some 9.2 million years ago.

It was also explained that the rhino most likely died of high temperatures during a volcanic eruption, which is believed to be a lot in the same lines as that of Mount Vesuvius in Italy in A. D. 79.

"The body was baked under a temperature approximating 400 degrees centigrade (750 degrees Fahrenheit), then dismembered within the pyroclastic flow, and the skull separated from body", said Lead researcher Pierre-Olivier Antoine. It is most likely that the skull was then washed away by volcanic ash, some 30 km north of the eruption site.

It has further been claimed that organic matter near an active volcanic eruption is quite vulnerable to get demolished by extreme high temperatures, thereby making it least likely for any such prehistoric fossil to be found ever. It would be worth seeing what all would be able to made known with this new revelation.


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