Discovery of two new species of coral fossils in Iran

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Discovery of two new species of coral fossils in Iran

Researchers at
FUM succeeded in discovering and identifying two new species of coral dating
back to 320-323 million years ago. In honor of Prof. Mahdi Najafi, one of the
species was named Fomichevella najafi after this retired academic member of the
Department of Geogoly at FUM, and the other one was named "Heintzella
fluegel" after Prof. Helmut Fluegel, out of appreciation for the founder
of coral fossils studies in Iran. The studied fossils belong to the late
Paleozoic era and carboniferous period and were discovered at the Uzbak Kouh
region of Eshghabad located in the North of Tabas. Biogeographical Archaeology
studies in this region of Iran indicate the existence of an old sea associated
with the Palaeo-Tethys Ocean.