Attempt to smuggle Egyptian fossils foiled

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Mon, 07 Jan 2019 - 01:31 GMT

Fossils seized at Ain Sokhna port amid smuggling attempt - Press Photo

Fossils seized at Ain Sokhna port amid smuggling attempt - Press Photo

CAIRO - 7 January 2019: Authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle tons of fossils in the form of petrified wood and rocks as they were hidden in marble put in two containers that would be exported from Ain Sokhna port.

The owner of the involved export company Abdel Khalek M. admitted that he was selling the confiscated fossils but denied he knew it was illegal to trade in them.

Researcher Sanaa el-Sayed had told Egypt Today in an earlier interview that “Egypt is rich with vertebrate fossils not only dinosaurs, but also mammals and many other kinds of vertebrate animals.”

As for their locations, the researcher said “we usually excavate for fossils in Fayoum, the Western Desert and in southern regions such as Dakhla and the Kharga Oasis. These are the places where most of fossils in Egypt can be found.”

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