On April 25, a lecture «Remarkable Fossils of Sakhalin. The Ancient Past of Sakhalin in Paleontological Finds and Problems of its Preservation» was given in the Lecture Room of the Sakhalin Regional Museum. The lecture was delivered by Alexander Victorovich Solovyov, Senior Researcher of the Natural Science Department of the Sakhalin Regional Museum.
Students of the Sakhalin College of Service and visitors to the museum learned what Sakhalin was more than 600 million years ago, what are the main elements of the modern structure of the island.
In addition, Alexander Viktorovich told about the ammonites and their locations in the Makarov area. The audience learned about the unique findings Ц patella gastropods, found only in Sakhalin, New Zealand and Japan. The attendees were also introduced to the evolutionary scheme of the origin of cetaceans and inhabitants of the Mesozoic waters, photographs of fossilized feathers, fragments of fossilized remains of vegetation, crustaceans and fish found on the territory of the Sakhalin region. He also presented a modern geological map of Sakhalin.
At the end of the lecture, the problem of the preservation of unique locations of fossils in nature was specified. Alexander Viktorovich said that during the construction of the Trans-Sakhalin pipelines, the locations of the unique patella gastropods and the most valuable location of the perfectly preserved Cretaceous crabs were destroyed. The idea of creating a paleontological reserve near the village of Bykov was proposed.