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Fossils dating back 66 million years found outside Bangkok mall

Bangkok (AFP) – Over 70 shells embedded in a footpath outside a Bangkok shopping mall have been found to be the fossils of marine creatures that lived more than 66 million years ago, Thai experts have confirmed.

An eagle-eyed shopper first spotted the snail-shaped fossils, measuring up to 12 centimetres across, dotted along a 400-metre stretch of pavement by the Siam Square shopping centre in a major tourist district.

Palaeontologists from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment investigated and found 77 ammonite fossils. Ammonites are marine creatures believed to have died out 66 million years ago, Director of the ministry’s Fossil Protection Division Preecha Saithong told AFP yesterday.

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin