Watch: Russian Scientists And Divers Team Up To Hunt Ancient Bones In A Frozen River
Due to clear underwater, every winter the Russian scientists along with a unit of divers hunt for ancient artifacts and deposits which are later transferred to local museums. These findings belong to two different geologic periods spanning from 66 million to thousand years ago
For the last two decades, Russian scientists have been teaming up with divers to hunt for ancient bones on the outskirts of the town of Kurgan. Ancient shark teeth, bones of woolly rhinoceros, mammoths, and other extinct animals are among the rare artifacts that grab the attention of paleontologists towards the frozen Tobol river in the east of Moscow.
The search for these bones and artifacts takes place three meters underwater as the air temperatures drop to minus 20-25 degrees Celsius. The reason for this hunt being conducted in freezing winters is – “underwater visibility and transparency are much better now compared to summer or autumn.”
Also, the river water is shallower in winter and flows slowly which makes it quite comfortable for the divers to dive underwater for a long time. It was in 2004 that the divers discovered this bone-rich underwater area which is a unique and ancient deposit for these artifacts. Scientists state that every year, a new mix of ancient remains are uncovered underwater.
These deposits belong to two different geologic periods spanning from 66 million to thousand years ago. Adding to these deposits are bones and skulls of ancients bulls, horses, and lions as well as ancient tools that were used by early humans. And just like every year, this year’s findings will also be shifted to local museums.
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