Paleontological Museum of Thermopigi

Thermopigi Museum

Paleontological Museum of Thermopigi

Back in 1997, the railway operator George Tomboulidis observed, on a path at Pefka of Thermopigi, fossilized bones of animals.

A year later, he sampled the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and the paleologist Dr. Evangelia Tsoukalas, found the great scientific interest.

The results of the autopsy and after the excavations were extremely striking:

Prehistoric horses (short-horses with three fingers on their feet, as opposed to the ones that are higher and one toe), giraffes, rhinos, wild boars, masons (prehistoric elephants), gazelles, antelopes, cutlasses and small carnivores Belong to the families of mussels or hyenids, etc.

Great interest is the unique, skull of a giant animal, a herbivorous herbivore named Anguilla, the Pentelico.

The age of this fauna is estimated to be around 7,000,000 years ago.

This is one of the most important discoveries concerning Paleontology in the region of Serres and is characterized by the fact that it is the first time that a variety of fauna composition and so much abundance of fossilized bones of animals lived during the Upper Miocene.

The fossils, after their cleaning and preservation, were placed in the showrooms of the Museum in Thermopigi.

Distance from Agnantio Hotel – Spa : 4,2 km