Geological Museum of Uzbekistan exhibited unique exhibit

For the New Year holiday Geological Museum of Uzbekistan has made a gift to visitors - restored and put a unique exhibit - the remains of archidiscodon. Over the past 60 years in the history of Uzbek Geology – it is the most significant discovery that revolutionized many fields of science. Scientists of Uzbekistan proved that the represented is the remains of archidiscodon (Archidiscodon meridionalis Nesti). It is an ancient ancestor of African, Indian, pygmy elephants and mammoths. This type of Proboscidea lived on the present territory of the South of England to India, North and South Africa. The remains of animals were found in the south of the Russian Plain, Caucasus, Southern Urals, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and southern Yakutia. Prior to this amazing fossil finding Uzbek scientists had no evidence that in the territory of modern Uzbekistan lived archidiscodons in ancient times writes Archidiscodons are the oldest members of the family of elephant kind - Archidiscodon. They were common in the Late Pliocene (2 - 2.5 million years ago), inhabited in landscapes of savannah. The height of the elephants at the withers was about 4.5 m. The food they ate was grass, branches and leaves of trees. Evolutionary successors of line Archidiscodon were mammoths. Recall that in October 2013 in Tashkent region, 20 km south-east of the village near Akhangaran Ovzhasay were found the remains of archaic animal family - Proboscidea. The remains were buried in a preserved form, when they were brought to the surface and when were exposed to oxygen, temperature, barometric pressure and other factors, they started to break down. Specialists of the Geological Museum of Uzbekistan jointly with the Institute of Polymer Chemistry and Physics of the Academy of Sciences were engaged in restoration. They developed a special polymer adhesive that fills the voids, cracks in the bone, thereby strengthening it. In the process of impregnation with this solution tusk, which had a brownish color, it became to clarify to natural ivory. Now the exhibit has a smooth, shiny surface. By the way, the composition of the polymer formulation with which Uzbek scientists handled the remains, and which they still do not disclose, is also one of the scientific discoveries that first we must patent.