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Zhygylgan sinkhole and traces of ancient animals

Paleontological tourism on Mangyshlak in the Zhygylgan sinkhole -

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The famous Zhygylgan sinkhole is famous for the fact that traces of ancient animals were found there, according to the assumption there are even traces of dinosaurs. The place is very popular with all kinds of researchers and tourists. People specially come here to look at these footprints and visit the shores of the Caspian Sea. The Zhygylgan basin is located near the coastal line of the Caspian Sea. The sinkhole was formed as a result of the collapse of the rock during an earthquake or other cataclysm, up to the fall of a certain cosmic body, which then mysteriously disappeared from there. The Zhygylgan sinkhole is also known as the "Fallen Earth" in translation from the Kazakh language.

Traces of ancient animals in the Zhygylgan sinkhole -

Animal tracks were left here in ancient times, by ancient animals, traces were left in the silt, which eventually petrified and deposited in an ancient formation. When the collapse of the area occurred, part of this fossilized silt (board) turned out to be on top and traces can be seen. The age of these traces varies from 10 to 15 million years. There are traces of saber-toothed tigers (Machairodus), three dead horses (meryhippus - Merychippus).

How to get there, visit -

Traces of ancient animals are found in a sinkhole in Zhygylgan, the coast of the Caspian Sea, Tyub-Karagan peninsula, Mangystau region, Republic of Kazakhstan.
GPS coordinates: 44°36'36"N 50°49'12"E

The failure of Zhagylgan

The Zhagylgan sinkhole consists of huge fragments of slabs or earth that collapsed here over a large area. You can go down into the sinkhole and look at the footprints, it is best to use the services of a guide here who knows the area and can guide you through the sinkhole to the prints of ancient footprints. There is also a panoramic point with a view of the Zhagylgan sinkhole and the Caspian Sea, the places here are unusual and beautiful. No one knows why the sinkhole appeared, but presumably it appeared here because of an earthquake, as well as there was a cavity underground that was the cause of the sinkhole.

Traces of ancient animals at the Zhagylgan sinkhole in the Mangystau region


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