Uttarakhand: Tremor of stromatolite fossils found in the Pidi Mountains of Pratapnagar, Tehri, is believed to be 500 million years old.


A treasury of stromatolite fossils (striped sedimentary rock stromatolite fossils) has been found in the Padi mountain of Pratapnagar. This stromatolite, believed to be about 500 million years old, was sent to Kumaon University for testing. Geologist Prof. Bahadur Singh Kotlia is studying it. Several other stromatolite fossils also exist in the Padi mountain. Geologist Prof. Bahadur Singh Kotlia said that some reptiles or other creatures existed on the earth billions of years ago, even after death, whose fossils are safe. It happened that over time, these fossils lost the soil layer. These fossils turned into rock, giving rise to natural changes over long intervals.

According to Jagran's news, Dr. Rajesh Verma, senior scientist at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, states that the stromatolite is 90 to 100 million years old algae (algae). This is an indication that the atmosphere in these areas may not have been very hot or cold at that time. It is common for such moss to be found in areas with less water, especially limestone.

The stromatolite fossils found in the Peedi Mountains, located at an elevation of 8367 feet above sea level in the Pratapnagar block of Tehri Forest Division, originate from the layer above the layer of cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are a unicellular microorganism. In September this year, the Forest Department team visited here. During this time, something like stromatolite was seen on the mountain.

Divisional Forest Officer, Coco Rosé, discussed the matter with Prof. Bahadur Singh Kotlia, Geologist of University Grants Commission working in Kumaon University, who visited Tehri at that time and requested for investigation of stromatolite. Pro Kotlia stated that the age of this stromatolite maybe around 500 million years. Such fossils may have been reptile class creatures millions of years ago. Therefore the elements present in it are being investigated. It will then be handed over to the Tehri Forest Division for fossil preservation.

Stromatolite fossils found here

After Almora and Nainital districts of Uttarakhand, now stromatolite fossils have been found in Tehri district. Prof. Kotlia said that he did not find such fossils in any other district of the state. Extensive research on fossils in these three districts may reveal new information. This will also open many new chapters of history, which will be used in the new research.