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To occupy himself in full confinement, a 6-year-old boy searches his garden and comes across a 500-million-year-old fossil


Archaeological excavations (illustration image) (MERCIER SERGE / MAXPPP)

A story is the delight of the “unusual” pages of English newspapers. Of Guardian at Daily Mail, British newspapers display the photo of the little discoverer, a round face whose smile betrays the recent disappearance of two milk teeth, holding in his hand his trophy: a small fossil in the shape of a horn. Siddak Singh, 6, found it in his garden in Walsall, on the outskirts of Birmingham in England, while he was looking for shards of pottery, since that is what the archeology kit leaflet advised for. beginner he received at Christmas. Inside: brushes, brush and scraper, rudimentary of course, but sufficient when you are 6 years old.

Confinement requires, Siddak has chosen the garden of the small family pavilion as an excavation ground. And by dint of removing layers and layers of clay, he came across a curiously shaped pebble, which he quickly identified as a fossil. “I found that this stone looked like a horn”, he says daily The Guardian. I thought it could be a claw, or a tooth. But in fact, I learned that it was a piece of Rugosa coral! I’m so glad to finally know what it is! “

It was by submitting the photo with the help of his father to a Facebook group of specialists that he obtained the answer: his fossil is a Rugosa, otherwise known as Tetracoralla. The species, now extinct, existed in abundance in the Paleozoic era, an era which spanned from – 540 to – 250 million years ago. Or how to take a hell of a trip back in time. Siddak and his father learned that 500 million years ago, so long before the dinosaurs, England was partly submerged and marine life swarmed there in heaps of forms that have disappeared today.

On the strength of his discovery, the apprentice paleontologist continued the following days to dig, brush, excavate, getting his hands on other wonders: mollusks, shells, and even the tentacle of a prehistoric squid. Discoveries all the more unexpected as this part of England is not particularly known for its fossils. It just goes to show that a little imagination, the overflowing one of a child, is enough to be surprised, transported, like Siddak whose curiosity made it possible to show his parents, weary of confinement, that he escape was there, at their feet, a beach hidden under the grass of their little garden.



Source site www.francetvinfo.fr

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