The marble facing subway, you can find ancient fossils

About three dozen metro stations can be considered as branches of the paleontological Museum. In their marble cladding can be found ancient fossils.

For some, the search for traces of the Jurassic period has turned into a hobby. Muscovite Alexander Mironenko walking in the subway and shoots shellfish, lilies and other ancient inhabitants, some over 100 million years. In his collection of over 700 images.


In 2000, the student Mironenko was on geological practice in suburban quarries. “We’ve seen a lot of fossils — the remains of ancient plants, animals, — tells Sasha. — And in Moscow, looking out the window of the carriages of the trains, a girl from our group shouted: “Look, Nautilus [clam]!” No it is, of course, not believed, laughed. But everything began to carefully examine the walls and floor at the stations. And that evening on the way home I found a Nautilus shell in the wall of the lobby on “Dobryninsky”. Sasha is now examined more than 100 stations. On his hunt he gets about once a month.

Especially a lot of fossils on the first built stations — then they were faced with natural marble. “Look closely to the walls of the old lines — red, blue, ring —advises Mironenko. — There is a very curious fossils”. According to him, “Dobryninskaya” and “Biblioteka imeni Lenina”.


If to come on “Dobryninsky” from the “Taganskaya”, approximately where the last stop of the car in the wall in a beautiful red marble you can see a scattering of sea lilies. And in the area of the first carriage — Nautilus with a diameter of 10-15 centimeters. Interesting because its shell is cut so well that you can see all the internal partitions. Not all museums have these items. And the “Library” near the transition to the “Borovitskaya” in yellow marble imprinted ductwork-rudist and gastropod shellfish of the Paleozoic era. The age of the mollusc — about 100 million years.


Natural marble in the regeneration stations in the Moscow metro used from the beginning and up to the 70‑ies. Then there are new materials and technologies. Some repairs were made. According to Alexander Mironenko, it is a pity that during the renovation in 2007-2008 on “Elektrozavodskaya” has changed sex, in which were many colonies of petrified corals. However, a new lining stations are also fossils — Ammonites of the Mesozoic period. But on “Guerrilla” instead of marble granite put in which, of course, “animals not found”. And sorry — before there were colonies of ancient coral.

But in recent years, metrostroevtsy again remembered the marble. A lot of fossils in the lining in the transition from the “Tsvetnoy Boulevard” and Trubnaya. Another striking example is the station “Park Pobedy”. Here in the orange columns of marble found lots of belemnites, or, as they are called, “devil’s fingers” — a sort of fossilized ancestors of modern squids. And on the column from the last car towards the center you can see the largest Ammonite of the Moscow subway — cephalopod mollusks that went extinct 65 million years ago simultaneously with the dinosaurs.

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