A physician has urged state agencies to conduct a scientific survey of a Krabi cave where he found fossils of suspected prehistoric Java rhinos and hyenas.
The cave in Tambon Ao Luek Nuea could have potential to become a new archaeological site, Dr Samart Srikarn says.
He’d been informally surveying Yai Ruak Cave when he came across the ancient specimens and arranged for archaeologists to examine them. They were determined to belong to rhinos and hyenas that might have died as long as 700,000 years ago.
Samart said several chambers in the cave had not yet been explored and he believed there could be more fossils awaiting discovery.
Niwat Wattanayaporn of the Krabi Cultural Centre probed the cave yesterday and reported finding fossilised fractured bones, likely of the same animal species.