Ancient ammonite fossils unearthed in Koh Kong

PHNOM PENH (PHNOM PENH POST/ANN) – A team of archaeologists from the Cambodia Ministry of Environment is studying fossilised bones found on Koh Por next to the Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary in Bak Khlang commune, Mondul Seima district, Koh Kong province.

Based on preliminary findings, the fossil may be of animals that lived when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

Office Director of the Heritage Area Department of the Ministry’s General Department of Local Communities Lim Vanchan said on March 9 that the fossil is 70 centimetres long and 20 centimetres wide.

Vanchan added that based on the findings, the team has claimed that this could be a fossil of an animal related to wildlife found in Cambodia. It was found in a layer of sandstone on the island where seawater washed over it.

“According to the geological map, the area’s age is era II (between 65-190 million years ago). This means this animal lived during a time when dinosaurs were alive. The ministry’s research team will continue to study in collaboration with experts in archaeology to help determine this species,” he said.

According to the ministry, the study of the fossils found on Koh Por was carried out in collaboration with the Mondulkiri Provincial Department of Environment after the discovery and study of an ammonite fossil.

The ministry said that it is a species from the snail and squid family. According to a preliminary examination, the size of these animals is up to 25 centimetres. This species was found in Mondulkiri province in 2019 in the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary.

Fossilised bones were found on Koh Por island in Koh Kong province. PHOTO: ANN