Warangal: Fossils believed to be of Palaeoproterozoic era, spanning the time period from 2,500 to 1,600 million years ago, were found at Gurrevula, Kannaigudem, Lakshmipuram, Devadula and Buttaigudem in Kannaigudem mandal by history and archaeology enthusiast Reddy Rathnakar Reddy.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Rathnakar Reddy said that he along with other history enthusiasts found the fossils in Kannaigudem mandal. “Precambrian time covers the vast bulk of the Earth’s history. Microorganisms along with CaCo2 and other minerals form layers on the fossil. We have discovered fossils that formed many circles. Fossils of animals and trees were found in the catchment area of Godavari. There are a number of rocks of the Conglomerate type. The fossils are spread over 10 acres,” he said adding that there was a need to protect them.
Members of ‘Kotha Telangana Charitra Brundam’ also found tree fossils in the forest area near Bhupatipur village of Kannaigudem mandal in June last. It was believed to be the biggest tree fossil at Bhupatipur.
“The length of the fossil is 40 feet. As per our knowledge, this is the biggest and unique fossil site in Telangana,” said Ahobilam Karunakar, another history enthusiast. He urged the government to name the location as a fossil park and that it should be integrated to popular tourist places like Laknavaram Lake, Bogatha waterfall and historic Ramappa temple.