25 January 2022

Fossilised remains of a herd of Rhinoceros unearthed in Lunugala, Sri Lanka.

The fossilised skeletal remains of a herd of Rhinoceros that died in a meteoric shower more than 80,000 years ago have been unearthed from an 80ft deep gem mine at the foot of Rilaulu hill range in Lunugala in Madolsima.  

Biologist of the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology Kelum Nalinda Manamendra Arachchi said scientists who examined the fossils confirmed that they were the skulls of Rhinoceros that lived in the Pleistocene age. He said it was sad that the relevant authorities had not taken any interest in these finds to conduct further research, although nearly 16 years had elapsed since the first of the fossils were found.  

The first of the fossils had been unearthed from the 80ft deep gem mine in 1996. Director General of Archaeology Dr. Shiran Deraniyagala has visited the scene those days and collected the remains of two skulls. The Faculty of Bio-Science of the Peradeniya University and Dr. Mohan Abeyratne examined the fossils and confirmed that they were those of Rhinoceros that lived 80,000 years ago.

Source: www.dailymirror.lk



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