30 foreign volunteer scientists came to the youth paleontological science camp "Cretaceous Park in the Southern Urals" in the Orenburg Region. The event is held as part of the Rossotrudnichestvo’s "New Generation" program. The organizer is the Youth Club of the RGS "Orenburg Region".
Young people from Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Moldova, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are taking part in real paleontological excavations and may be able to make a scientific discovery.
At the same time, Anton Yurmanov, Director of the Youth Work Department of the Russian Geographical Society, came to see the work of the camp.
“Taking part in such a large-scale project has become not just an official duty,” he said. “I met a lot of people here who are interested in paleogeography and fulfilled my childhood dream – I took part in real excavations. I found, in particular, several teeth of sea lizards, which I handed over to scientists for further work, and shark teeth, which I will transfer to the museum of one of our youth clubs in Moscow.”
The work in the camp is conducted under the guidance of teachers from the G. A. Sopotsko Club of Young Geologists from the city of Orsk Olga Chumanova and Anatoly Nikiforov. Methodological and practical assistance is provided by experienced paleontologists: Nikolay Zverkov, junior researcher at the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Dmitry Grigoriev, Associate Professor at the Department of Vertebrate Zoology of St. Petersburg State University; and Igor Meleshin, researcher at the I. D. Voronin United Museum of Local History, Republic of Mordovia.
Five volunteers with disabilities are taking part in the work of the camp, one of them is a participant of the special military operation Vasily Sychev. Expressive photographs at the excavations are taken by media volunteer Mikhail Denisov, who came to the Orenburg Region from Arkhangelsk on his motorcycle.
For the participants of the paleontological camp, the host party organized, in addition to excavations, fascinating lectures and excursions to the sights of the Orenburg Region.
The All-Russian volunteer paleoshool "Cretaceous Park in the Southern Urals" was held for the first time from August 20 to 31, 2022. At that time, 30 people became its participants.