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The new species, dubbed Krabia minuta, after the Krabi coal mines where it was found, was an ancient, extinct member of a group of primates called anthropoids, which includes the ancestors to all monkeys and apes, including humans. Even so, the creature showed peculiar features, including its distinct molars, not seen in other members of this primate group.

Tiny, Strange Primate Fossil Unearthed in Coal Mine

The diminutive ‘Krabia’ minuta fossil was unearthed in Thai coal mines. photo credit: Y. Chaimanee

The tiny primate emerged during a mysterious period when primates somehow moved across a vast sea from Asia to Africa. [See Images of the Pint-Sized Primate Fossils]

“The Asian anthropoids were probably more diversified than what we know today and also probably played a more important role in the origin of the modern crown anthropoids than we suspected,” said study co-author Jean-Jacques Jaeger, a paleontologist at the Université de Poitiers in France.

Simian evolution

Though humans came from Africa, anthropoids, precursors to monkeys and humans, likely emerged from Asia. Fossil anthropoids have been found in China dating to 45 million years ago and in Southeast Asia as far back as 40 million years, yet similar species only appear in Libya in Africa around 38 million years ago. read more LiveScience.

Right in the Middle Of It

Forest of Peace

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Suggested routes

  1. 36.5 km, 31 mins
    Route 24 and ถนน ราชสีมา-ปักธงชัย
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Driving directions to Northeasthern Petrified and Mineral Resources Museum Commemartion Nakhon Ratchasima Province 3D
Forest of Peace
Khok Thai โคกไทย
Wat Nong Lang Chang, Amphoe Pak Thong Chai (Thai: อำเภอ ปักธงชัย), Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
1. Head west
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2. Turn left toward Route 24
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3. Turn left onto Route 24
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4. Make a U-turn
12.9 km
5. Turn right onto ถนน ราชสีมา-ปักธงชัย
11.4 km
6. Turn left
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7. Slight left
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8. Turn right
550 m
Northeasthern Petrified and Mineral Resources Museum Commemartion Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima District
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Since you are here

Welcome to Khorat Fossil Museum

This is the first museum of gigantic ancient plants in Asia and one in seven such museums in the world. Located is a petrified wood, 1.3 metres in diameter and also an exhibition of the origin of petrified wood in Khorat -( into immediate vicinity to Forest of Peace ) -  wood petrified turning into gems, petrified wood from the palm family.

Learning from the past…understanding the present, and imagining the future

Petrified Wood Museum, Nakhon Ratchasima

How important is petrified wood ?

Petrified wood is a type of wood fossil preserved by the process called “petrification”, meaning “to change into stone”. All the organic materials of the wood have been replaced with minerals, most often a silicate such as quartz, while retaining the original structures of the wood.

Generally, the species of petrified wood can be identified by examining thin section of the fossil under a microscope and comparing to cellular structure of living species.  

Petrified wood is the key to the past. 

The study of fossil woods can give us the idea of what the ancient forest was like. Petrified wood plays important roles
1.    As a key to study plant taxonomy and plant evolution.
2.    As a time detective.  It is an evidence to support the continental drift theory. Paleontologists can also figure out the rock’s ages based on the information from petrified wood.
3.    As a tool to interpret the past and predict the future. It provides valuable information of how the past environments and climates were like and what natural phenomenon might occur in the future.
4.    As an archeological evidence. The stone-age weapons made of petrified wood were found in Anyar in upper Myanmar and Sung Noen district in NE-Thailand. They were given the new archeological terms as “Anyathian Culture” and “Sung Noen Culture”. Read-in or Thailand Travel

Gallery tour

Northeastern Museum of Petrified Wood and Mineral Resources