The Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest will be mounting the temporary exhibition “Deinotheria and sequoia trees from the Lesbos petrified forest: indicators of climate changes in the Aegean” from November 25, 2019 to May 3, 2020 at the Eugenides Foundation in Athens.
The exhibition aims to acquaint the public and particularly students and young people with the unique scientific value of the fossils of the Lesvos Petrified Forest and the part they play as indicators of past climate changes as well as their consequences on ecosystems.
“This is an original exhibition structured round a central exhibit of an accurate life size model of the Lesvos Deinotherium with sound effects and movement”, says Museum head, professor of the University of the Aegean Nikos Zouros.
The Lesvos Deinotherium is one of the oldest mammal fossils of Greece, between 18.4 and 19 million years old, which migrated to Eurasia.
Along with the exhibition, very important and impressive fossils from the Lesvos petrified forest are being exhibited from recent excavations in 2018 and 2019, as well as information on plants and animals (small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish) that lived on Lesvos 19 million years ago.