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Dinosaur Footprints Moulded In Kerman, Iran
Persian Journal

Iran News
Dinosaur Footprints Moulded In Kerman, Iran
Jan 8, 2005, 16:45

In a special project aimed at extending paleontological studies, Iranian paleontologists will identify and mould dinosaur footprints in cooperation with Iran’s Natural History museum.

Kerman province has long been called as the fossil paradise in Iran due to having many fossils from different geological periods. Experts have so far been able to identify in this region fossils of aquatics belonging to the 1st geological period, fossils of dinosaurs from Jurassic period, and fossils of mammals belonging to the 3rd geological period.

"As Kerman region is of great importance as far as discovering fossils is concerned and fossils of different types of vertebrates have been identified here, we began a special project aimed at identifying dinosaur footprints and moulding them", Amir-hossein Kokabi-nezhad, the paleontologist of the Natural History museum told CHN.

Since the Islamic revolution took place in Iran 26 years ago, paleontological studies began only 2 years ago in Maragheh fossil region. With the aim of extending these studies, experts chose Kerman province as the 2nd region.

The dinosaur footprints in question were discovered before the Islamic revolution by the foreign experts in Zarand region in Kerman province.

Iran is among the most important countries in the world fossil-wise, with fossil regions like Maragheh, Varzaghan, and Kerman. In the last 2 years, Iranian experts have found fossils belonging to gigantic animals dating back to over 1 million years ago.

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Ferrari for Tsunami

As a symbolic gesture, Mr. Kamran Elahian, Board Chair of RELIEF INTERNATIONAL, donated a prized personal possession to RI's South Asia Tsunami Relief effort. In hopes of garnering more support for victims of the tsunami tragedy, he will be giving away his Ferrari in a raffle to donors who give $1000 or more.

When asked why he was parting with his '97 red Ferrari convertible, Mr. Elahian said that he was moved by the scale of the tragedy and found writing a check to be too easy. He felt that giving up a personal possession would be more appropriate.

Proceeds from the raffle will support the Revolving Credit Fund for Livelihoods for surviving families. For example, the Revolving Credit Fund for Livelihoods will allow fishermen to receive loans to repair or replace family-owned boats.

"When tens of thousands of fishermen have lost their boats and cannot secure food for their families, I can easily give up a Ferrari and use the increased support to replace boats for hundreds and perhaps thousands of families," comments Mr. Elahian.

On February 1, 2005 RELIEF INTERNATIONAL will hold a raffle to select a winner from among those who donate $1,000 or more to the South Asia Tsunami Relief effort.

To donate and participate in the raffle, please fill out the information below. An email confirmation will be automatically sent to you. All entries must be dated before 11:59pm January 31, 2005. RELIEF INTERNATIONAL staff, volunteers and their families are not eligible for this raffle.

If you prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to Relief International. Please write "South Asia Earthquake Response" in the memo of the check and send to:

Relief International
Tsunami Relief
1575 Westwood Blvd. Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90024

If you prefer to donate by phone, please call +1 (310) 478-1200 or +1 (800) 573-3332.

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