Fossils dating back 66 million years found outside Bangkok’s mall – The Citizen



More than 70 shells nestled in a path outside a Bangkok shopping mall have been found fossils of marine creatures that lived more than 66 million years ago. Thai experts they confirmed.

An eagle-eyed shopper first spotted the snail-shaped fossils, measuring up to 12 centimeters (five inches) in diameter, scattered along a 400-meter stretch of sidewalk from the Siam Square shopping mall in a important tourist district.

Paleontologists from the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment have investigated and found 77 ammonite fossils.

Ammonites are marine creatures believed to have died 66 million years ago, Preecha Saithong, director of the ministry’s fossil protection division, told AFP on Tuesday.

“The ammonites are real,” he said, adding that the fossils differed from those usually found in Thailand.

Local media reported that the trail was repaired two years ago and the shells may have been inserted into the concrete as decoration by subcontractors.

Oceanic fossil mollusks, which lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, are sold as souvenirs in several popular tourist destinations including Madagascar and Morocco.