Situated at Jatashankar Hill
Village Bargawa Chopan , Distt. Sonbhadra
Dated 3ed June 2004-Page-2
FOSSIL park was discovered in Sonebhadra disrtrict
recently. Over 150-crore-year-old fossils were found in
Badagaon village under the Chopan Vikas Khand. The
fossils are greater in number than those found in the
park of Salkhan village.
After identification and discovery of one
more fossil park in Sonebhadra district. the district
has found its place not only in Uttar Pradesh but also
on the world map. The district has this honour as two
fossil parks were found in a district and a Vikas Khand.
Now the Sonebhadra district is being considered as a
lucky place where the first evidence of life on earth
was found. After the discovery of a large number of
fossils there, the possibility of finding hydrocarbon.
uranium and phosphorite has increased.
The new fossil park of Badagaon was
discovered when Dr. Mukund Sharma, a scientist of the
Birbal Sahani Institute in Lucknow, and Vijay Shankar
Chaturvedi, a journalist, were at the fossil park in
In the meantime, a shepherd came there and
asked them to follow him. They reached Jata Shankar
Pahari of Badagoan village and observed that the fossils
of Salkhan and Badagaon villages were similar.
Later, they came to the conclusion that
these fossils were stramatolite and were over
150-crore-year-old. After studying and research, the
fact came to light that the geologist John Oadon had
accepted the presence of fossils but did not brief the
people about their creation. He described these fossils
Mukund Sharma said that the discover of fossils in
Salkhan and Badagaon villages would help in counting the
days of a solar year.
Journalist Vijay Shankar Chaturvedi said that the
government should ensure the safety of fossils in
Badagaon and Salkhan villages.
He said that the scientists had proved that
the fossils of Sonebhadra were bigger and older than
those found in the Yellowstone National Park of America.
Incumbent District Magistrate Bhagwan
Shankar inauguarated the fossils of Salkhan village on
August 8, 2002, and laid the foundation-stone on
December 5, 2002.
In all 42 famous scientists from different
parts of the world visited Sonebhadra district and
appreciated its beauty. They said that it was a nature's