Mulugu: Members of ‘Kotha Telangana Charitra Brundam’ found fossils of big trees in the forest area near Bhupatipur village of Kannaigudem mandal in the district on Saturday.
Speaking to ‘Telangana Today’ over phone, Ahobilam Karunakar along with his fellow members, Mohammed Nasir and Samaleti Mahesh, of the ‘Kotha Telangana Charitra Brundam’ guided by Kesam Ravi of Bhupathipur village had found the fossils in an area spreading within the five square km area. “We have found the biggest fossil of the tree at Bhupathipur. The length of the fossil is 40 feet. As per our knowledge, this is the biggest and unique fossil site in Telangana,” he said, adding that the fossils of animals and trees were found in the catchment areas of the Pranahitha and Godavari rivers.
“The members of the ‘Kotha Telangana Charitra Brundam’ already found the fossils in Bejjur mandal of erstwhile Warangal district, Kistapuram Open Cast mine area in Khammam district, and Cherukupally forest area in the same district, Sumputam village, Bheemaram village, Tirayani forest area in erstwhile Adilabad, Nallamudi forest area in Palvancha mandal of erstwhile Khammam district in the past,” he added.
According to Karunakar, the forest of the Godavari belt in erstwhile Warangal was ancient. “We feel that we could find the fossils of the dinosaurs in this forest area, upon conducting in-depth study,” he said adding that the government should earmark the location as the fossil park and it should be integrated to the popular tourist places like Laknavaram Lake, Bogatha waterfall and historic Ramappa temple in order to attract the tourists and make people aware of the history and evolution.
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