Workmen excavating a hillside on the outskirts of the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil have uncovered an archaeological mystery.
GV EXTERIOR, PULL OUT AND PAN Site where fossil found
CU PAN INTERIOR Fossil on table-tennis table
SV Professor Carlos Zevallos Menendez (middle) & college show reporter fossil
SCU PAN They look at fossil
CU PULL OUT Fossil
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Background: Workmen excavating a hillside on the outskirts of the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil have uncovered an archaeological mystery. While using dynamite to blast rock for a nearby housing development, they discovered a fossil described by Professor Carlos Zevallos of the University of Guayaquil as about 60 million years old.
Professor Zevallos, director of the university's Archaeological Museum, believes the fossil to be a rib bone of a marine animal. He said a fishy-smelling oily substance oozed from the vein cavities of the bone.
The professor said the discovery was made in the Cordillera de Chongon region, an area which emerged from the sea millions of years ago. Already several international organisations have offered help in locating the rest of the animal.
SYNOPSIS: Workmen dynamiting rock form a hillside on the outskirts of the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil uncovered a sixty-million-year-old fossil recently.
The fossil, described by archaeologists as a rib bone of a marine animal, was put on a 3-metre table to indicate the size of the discovery. A fishy-smelling oily substance was found oozing from the vein cavities of the bone.
Professor Carlos Zevallos, Director of the Archaeology Museum of the University of Guayaquil, told newsmen the fossil and been found in the Cordellere de Chongon region. He said that this area had emerged from the ocean millions of years ago. Several international organisations have offered help in further investigating the site. archaeolotgisgts hope to find the remains of the animal, which they believe measured some 15 metres.