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Kotelnich is a river port town in Kirov Oblast, Russia, located on the right bank of the Vyatka River near its confluence with the Moloma, along the route of the Trans-Siberian Railway, 124km southwest of Kirov. Population:HistoryThe locality of Koksharov was first mentioned in 1143 as a Mari town. In 1182, it was occupied by Russians and renamed Kotelnich, from the word kotel (now kotlovina), meaning "hollow", "depression". Town status was granted to it in 1780. Kotelnich Pareiasaurus SiteThe city of Kotelnich is well known all over Russia and in some foreign countries due to location of ancient fossil vertebrates – Pareiasaurus.Pareiasaurus – is a large pangolin with spurs in the buccal region of the scull. Being about 3 meters long these animals inhabited Europe, South Africa, and Asia 250-260 million years ago.This landmark is located on the right steep bank of the Vyatka River and covers 30 km from Kotelnich to Vishkil.The best view on the landmark opens to the passengers of the train going across Vyatka near Kotelnich.The first excavation works were performed in 1933, then in 1948 and 1949. Full-scale research started in the late 80’s-early 90’s. Specialists prove the uniqueness of the landmark, the only comparable sight being Karoo, South Africa.Annually Russian and foreign scientists find skeleton fragments and bones of ancient animals of the Permian period of Palaeozoic era, Triassic and Jurassic periods of Mesozoic era.
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