Researchers at the Marine Fossil Hunting Expedition in Terengganu will track approximately 250–300 million-year-old marine fossils from 20–22 January.
Dr Fatin Izzati Minhat, a lecturer on the Marine Geoscience Program at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) said expedition participants would be exposed to technicians of search, discovery, determination of fossil types and Malaysia's geological and geographical indicators.
"To date, we have 78 people including facilitators and teachers, most of whom are from local universities such as Universiti Teknologi Petronas, UMT and the general public.
"As the co-organizer and representative of Petronas the Department of Minerals and Geoscience (JMG) will also participate in the expedition to introduce several public sites and promote the potential geo-possessions of Malaysia," she said.
Fossil researchers, paleontologists, and geologists who have researched the area for more than 20 years are all the facilitators involved in this exploration.
According to Dr. Fatin Izzati, they are Professor Dr. Mohd Shafeea Leman of the Langkawi Research Centre, Professor Che Aziz Ali of Kebangsaan University of Malaysia, Ahmad Rosli Othman of the Technological Services Division of Minerals and Geoscience Department and Hamlee Ismail, deputy head of JMG, Terengganu.
This first expedition was conducted following the discovery in 2013 in the Paya Peda barrier, near Besut, of 300 million-year-old plant fossils found during excavations.
Subsequently (in October 2014) a group of researchers and lecturers from different universities found fossil dinosaurs on mount Gagau, Hulu Terengganu, dated at 65 million years old including footprints, bones, and teetes (the Theropod, Iguanodon, and Sauropod species).
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