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Rare fossils on display

A Correspondent
Kohimna, March 7, 2010: With a vision to promote science education and scientific mind set, the Kohima Science College, Jotsoma, representing the Department of Higher Education is participating in the exhibitions at the Sekrenyi-cum-Road Show at Kohima. The College is being represented by the Departments of Anthropology, Geology, Botany and Zoology.

A number of interesting artifacts etc are on display at the exhibition stalls including rare fossils dating back to millions of years. Among them is a pyritised gastropod fossil dated approximately 24-37 million years that was located at Dz√ľna River, Jotsoma, Nagaland and owned by Khrietuo Nisa. A wood fossil belonging to the Lower Miocene era dated 25 million years is also on display which was located from Dillai, Karbi Anglong. Besides, there are metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rock specimens including rocks of natural beauty like zeolite, amethyst, quartz, serpentine, calcite etc. Geological field equipments like haver sack, chisel, hand lens, clinometer etc are also on display.

The Anthropology Department has exhibited artificial related to human osteology and human evolution, craniometry instruments are also put up on display. A number of tools belonging to the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and modern era have also been exhibited. Emphasising on genetic disorders, the Zoology Department has exhibited model specimens including that of a quadruped chicken and a double headed cow foetus. Some other specimens on display include sphyrna (hammer headed shark), physalia (Portuguese man of war), torpedo (electric ray), synaptura (flat fish etc.

A biological microscope slide showing amoeba (one cell organization) is also exhibited along with petrological microscopes. There are also root nodules, lichens and wood models showing annual rings that show formation of annual rings characteristics in plants growing in temperate climates with pronounced seasonal variations etc.