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THE PALEONTOLOGICAL ATLAS OF AZERBAIJAN IS PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION


 February 2, 2021

Since the end of the 20th century, the Department of paleontology of the ANAS Institute of Geology and Geophysics has been conducting a comprehensive study of the most important groups of minerals in Azerbaijan. A lot of scientific works on paleontology have been published. The Natural History Museum named after Hasan bey Zardabi and the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of ANAS contain the unique collections of fossils from Devonian to Holocene.

Currently, for the first time, the “Paleontological Atlas of Azerbaijan” is being prepared for publication under the leadership of the Director of the ANAS Institute of Geology and Geophysics, academician Akif Alizadeh. A meeting of scientists with the project supervisor Akif Alizade was held. The Director of Natural History Museum named after Hasan bey Zardabi Tariel Eybatov, the head of the IGG sector of paleofloristics Shafag Bayramova and the group of IGG specialists reported on the work done. During the discussion, the issues related to the compilation of the Atlas were resolved.

The Atlas, corresponding to up-to-date design standard, will contain the current state of knowledge of the Azerbaijan fauna and flora, as well as to give an image of the composition of the most important groups of fossils. Based on the rich paleontological material accumulated over the years, the “Paleontological Atlas of Azerbaijan” is planned to be published in three volumes due to accumulated extensive paleontological data.

The first volume will be dedicated to the invertebrate fauna of Azerbaijan (mollusks, brachiopods, crinoids, microfauna, corals, etc.).

The second volume will describe the vertebrate fauna of Azerbaijan (hipparionic fauna, mammals, ichthyofauna, birds, etc.).

The third volume will be dedicated to the paleofloristic studies of Azerbaijan (leaf flora, plant pollen, diatoms, dinocysts, nannoplankton, etc.).

The “Paleontological Atlas of Azerbaijan” is expected to be ready for publication by the end of 2021.