The Suketi Fossil Park, also known as the Shivalik Fossil Park, is a prominent fossil park that is located in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh in India. This park is the first one in Asia to be situated on the same site where the actual fossils were unearthed, and has a collection of vertebrate fossils and skeletons that date back to the prehistoric times, and have been recovered from the upper and middle Siwaliks geological formations of sandstones and clay at Suketi.
The Suketi Fossil Park is the largest fossil park in Asia and is situated at a distance of 21 kilometres from Nahan, on the banks of the Markanda River. It is located in the upper and middle Shivaliks and has soft sandstone and clay rocks. The fossil park is famous for its open-air exhibition of six life-sized fibreglass models of extinct mammals whose skeletons and fossils were found at the location, displays of fossil finds, and the museum which displays fossil finds.
The various exhibits in the park attract people with a scientific bent of mind from all across the world and also generate curiosity amongst the general public. The park also facilitates international studies in this field by research scholars, who visit the park from different parts of the globe and plays an instrumental role in generating public awareness about this field of study and enquiry. A visit to the Suketi Fossil Park is a must while in Himachal Pradesh to enjoy a fun-filled and informative day.
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