Paleontological expedition to the Madygen geopark. Southwest Tien-Shan, 10 – 23 August 2021

The expedition is scheduled for 10-23 August 2021

Madigen and the Sary-Too Mountains are located in the southwestern Tien-Shan in Kyrgyzstan. These unique places remain untouched by tourists. Madygen – is a region with extensive development of Mesozoic formations creating outstanding natural landscapes – Bedlends. Madigen is a vivid and classic example of the Mesozoic (MZ) period on the Eurasian continent. Madigen is known in the world of paleontological science as an area with rare representative representatives of the main and rare forms of fossil fauna. Here, isolated instances of some types of thanatocenoses were found, which made it possible to reconstruct the paleogeographic and geological events that took place here millions of years ago and which became outstanding discoveries that made it possible to reconstruct the geological history of the vast territories of the Earth.

The mountains of Madigen amaze with their beauty! Madigen is an outstanding landscape that must be preserved for future generations and science. These are landscapes for aesthetic enjoyment. The most common representatives of the fossil fauna in Madigen are bivalves of the Bivalvia class. Quite powerful layers composed of representatives of this species indicate their mass extinction in the Triassic (T).

It is important to note the worldwide fame of this region for unique and unique paleontological finds in the world. For example: Sharovipteryx (Sharovipteryx mirabilis) – who lived during the Triassic period 242-227 million years ago. One of two species in the family Sharovipterygidae and the only known representative of the genus Sharovipteryx. Known for the only fossil found in the tract Madigen, therefore, it is assumed that he lived in the territory of modern Central Asia.



The vicinity of Madigen is a territory where the Paleozoic (Silurian, Devonian, Permian) and Mesozoic geological layers (Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous) are widespread. This territory has world significance describing a long period of geological history. Therefore, at present, Kyrgyz scientists and officials are working to ensure that this territory becomes a UNESCO geopark.

We invite paleontologists and geologists to take part in an expedition to southwest Kyrgyzstan to study the paleontology of Madigen. Here is the canyon, which is formed in Devonian limestones, which contains sediments that reflect the tectonic evolution of the region. There is also the ancient Kan-i-Gut cave mine and metallurgical complexes, where ore was extracted for the production of coins on the Great Silk Road. There are amazingly beautiful geological landscapes that can surely become a UNESCO geopark.

Despite previous research, the Mesozoic layers of Madigen remain unexplored for the creation of a Geopark. For this, it is necessary to study and systematize objects of the geological heritage, to carry out the reconstruction of the history of geological development, it is necessary to carry out stratigraphic studies. In addition, it is necessary to implement infrastructure solutions in order to preserve objects of geological and cultural heritage in the territory of the future Geopark.

To this end, we call for cooperation from experts, clubs, associations and other interested organizations.

Also, we hope for help from international organizations, sponsors and international donors.

The main goals of the expedition:

  • – Research of fossil fauna,
    – Study of the geological structure,
    – Systematization of objects of geological heritage,
    – Assessment of the region as a potential Geopark,
    – Geological reconstruction,
    – Description of fossils and minerals for creating a museum exposition,
    – Reconstruction of paleoclimatic conditions, etc.

We invite those who wish to take part in the paleontological expedition in 10-23 August 2021. For research, we get all the necessary permits from the state. We want to organize a field camp in the tract Madigen – poplar grove with karst springs. Other expedition dates are considered. Madygen is an excellent training ground for students who can study geology, structural geology, historical geology, paleontology, stratigraphy and more.

Those wishing to participate in the expedition can write to the address:

Description of the Madigen Formation

Rare fossils in Madigen

Photos of the unique landscapes of Madigen



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