Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oreopithecus bambolii Fossil


An interesting fossil shown in this picture is of an Oreopithecus bambolii primate. The fossil can be found at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed in the Miocene Epoch of Neogene Period. Fossil was found in Baccinello Basin located in Tuscany, Italy. The area was known for its lignite mines. An intact Oreopithecus fossil skeleton was found in 1958 by Johannes H├╝rzeler in one of those mines.

Image taken in June 2014.

Learn more at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oreopithecus
http://www.museonaturalemaremma.it/index.php?id=45&L=