On Crete there are mainly Neogene sediments.
In the book "Field guide to the geology of Crete" by Charalambos Fassoulas you will find additional information.
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The cliff face at Matala.
Added by: Dirk on 11-06-2015
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On the Greek island of Crete in the Mediterranean on many places there are sediments exposed from the Neogene period. In the sediments you can find fossils.
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- Cliffs at Stalos Located about 5 kilometres west of Chania.
Located at the west of the Akrotiri peninsula, about 7 kilometres from Chania.
- Caves in Gerani About 10 kilometres west of Rethimnon. These caves are famous for it mammal fossils (mouse and deer).
- Near the village of Gouves, 15 kilometres east of Iraklio at the northcost of Crete, sediments from the Miocene are exposed. Here sea urchins, bivalves, and very rare snake eggs have been found.
- Near Prassas, diatomchalks fromn the Pliocene in roadcuts.
- Near Matala at the southcoast you can find beautiful Clypeaster sea urchins in the Neogene limestones. About one kilometre before Matala at the right side of the road, a thick oister layer from the Miocene is exposed. It is difficult to extract complete ones.
Mainly bivalves and sea urchins, but also mammal bones can be found.
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