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Dinosaurs In Neuquén


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In the last year, the Neuquén Basin in northern Argentine Patagonia was the site of several internationally acclaimed fossil finds. At one site near Lago Barreallos, archeologists made more than 60 significant discoveries. For scientists and plain old dinosaur enthusiasts alike, a visit to the Cretaceous Valley in Neuquén feels like a visit to a real Jurassic Park.

If you want to see Guinness World Record holders with your own eyes, visit the Carmen Funes Museum in Villa El Chocón, where you will find the fossilized skeletons of the world’s largest dinosaurs, most of which were found near Villa. Argentinosaurus, the world's largest known dinosaur, was located by the staff of the museum in 2000. If you tire of viewing the monoliths in the museum, you can wander through their fossilized footprints in the Cretaceous Valley and alongside Lake Máxia

Aside from bones and footprints, Neuquén harbors hundreds of dinosaur egg clusters. Archeologist Rodolfo Coria and his team also discovered something historic among the clusters: the first dinosaur eggs to show the fossilized skin of the embryos. You can view an exhibit on the eggs at the Carmen Funes Museum.

At one site in Lago Barreales, investigators made so many finds that they decided to move the whole Centro Paleontológico museum to the site. Visitors can observe scientists working at the site and attend lessons on archaeological preservation and investigation techniques inside the center. It is even possible to sign up for a short work trip in the field. If you're interested in joining the fun, ask about the Dino Project at the Centro.

If you can't make it to Neuquén, there are several other extensive natural science museums in large Argentine cities, including the Museo Egidio Feruglio in Trelew, the Museo de Ciencias Naturales in La Plata, and the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales in Buenos Aires. A visit to any one of these will prove to you why paleontologist James Kirkland called Argentina one of the top three most important dinolandias in the world.

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16 Sep 2010

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