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The Natural History Collection at Vrissa

  Vrissa is at the southern part of Lesvos, 51 km away from Mytilene. In the beautiful the village, the history of which goes far back in ancient times there is the very interesting Natural History Collection which includes paleontologic finds, discovered in clay deposits in and around lakes and streams.
  The finds include fossilized parts of rare land and sea animals and fossilized flora with an average age of two million years.The most important animal fossils discovered are: the jawbone and other parts of the skeleton of two proboscides - ancestors of today’s elephant - and in various locations fossilized horse bones of various sizes, bones and jawbones of the carnivorous Nyctereutes megamastoides - a relative of today’s nyctereutes- bones of giraffes, deer, antelopes, gazelles, bovines and bones of tortoises (one of the most impressive finds are the bones of a giant tortoise 2.5 m. long). However the most amazing among the finds is an extremely rare family of giant apes, belonging to the species of Paradolipithecus, the earliest representative of the species in Europe. The discovery of the above finds resulted in the creation of the Natural History Collection, which is housed for the time being in the building of Vrissa’s school.

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