IPN scientists discover unique fossil

The fossil belongs to the Albian age, in the Early Cretaceous period

IPN scientists discover unique fossil
The new species – Photo: Taken from the IPN's Twitter account
English 26/08/2018 13:15 Notimex Mexico City Actualizada 14:28
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Experts from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) discovered an ammonite fossil, considered as one-of-a-kind, as a result of field practices carried out as part of a lecture on Oil Exploration.

The fossil belongs to the Albian age, in the Early Cretaceous period, and was found in the upper Tamaulipas Formation strata.

The fossil was named Esiaticomanites rursiconstricta, because it corresponds to a new genus and species, said the IPN.


The scientists from the Engineering and Architecture School (ESIA), Ticomán Unit, responsible for the finding, detailed that the piece consists of a small, sub-evolute shell, with flat sides, slightly convex, slightly broad rounded belly, vertical umbilical wall with round rim, measuring 8.7 centimeters in diameter and 2.5 centimeters from the belly.

Dr. Abelardo Cantú-Chapa and student Juan Carlos Zarazúa Saucedo, from the area of Earth Sciences, said that they were honoring the ESIA by naming the fossil Esiaticomanites.

"For us, it is very satisfying to baptize this fossil, which is unique in the world, with the name of the school. It is the way in which we have to honor it", underlined Juan Zarazúa.

He explained that this fossil, mollusk cephalopod, was found in the Tamaulipas Superior Formation strata, during the field practices carried out in the chair of oil exploration in Mexico.

"We studied the group of Ammonites because they indicate the geological age of the rocks that contain it, they are very useful in the work of oil exploration in the coastal plain of the Gulf of Mexico," said the student.


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