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Fossilised Forest at Nostimo, Kastoria
Nostimo is situated on the south-west of the region of Kastoria,
in a distance of 15km from Argos
Orestikon and on an altitude of 900 meters almost.
Its soil presents mainly the Fossilised Forest, 20 million years old,
with tropical and subtropical plants, according to the first findings of the professor
of Palaeontology-Palaeobotanology of Athens University, Mr Velitzelos, who undertook
its discovery. The main features of the Fossilised Forest are the perfect fossilisation
of the tree trunks and the uniqueness of the finding.
The palms possess an outstanding position as they are the only ones
found in continental Greece,
a fact that attributes a special importance to the historical evolution of the
plants and the climate of the past, not only in the Greek territory but also on
an international level.
All around the village exist also rare sea fossils, such as starfishes,
mussels, cockles, snails, shark tooth, etc. There have also been found some animal
fossils with special scientific importance, that reverse the hitherto historical
data. The fossilised tooth of a huge prehistoric herbivorous animal is very impressive.
Until the termination of the researches and the studies, the visitors
may see the findings of the forests in the Primary School of Nostimo, where there
is a temporary exhibition room.
This text (extract) is cited June 2003 from the Prefecture
of Kastoria tourist pamphlet.
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