Third expedition at Tadkeshwar Lignite mine
The Indian-American-Belgian team returned to Tadkeshwar Lignite Mine in February 2017 to collect new specimens of early Eocene vertebrates. The crew was composed of Rajendra Singh Rana, Waqas Mirza, and Raman Patel (Garhwal Univ.), Kishor Kumar (Wadia Inst.), Ken Rose (Johns Hopkins Univ.), Rachel Dunn (Des Moines Univ.), Annelise Folie and Thierry Smith (RBINS). Layers between the two main lignite seams were well exposed but relatively poor in terrestrial vertebrates. This was due to the rarity of continental lenses in that part of the exploited mine. Nevertheless, numerous remains of aquatic animals and some terrestrial mammals were discovered.
01 Sector of mining activities where paleontologists found a fossil layer a few meters below the upper main lignite seam.
06 Rachel Dunn (front) and other members of the crew explore another part of the mine in order to find new fossil layers
08 Annelise Folie takes notes of the location of each specimen discovered before digitization in databasis