Paleontologists announced the discovery of Jurassic Park in Patagonia
No place in the world, contains the same number and diversity of fossils of the Jurassic period.
A team of paleontologists led by Dr. Juan Garcia Massini announced the opening of the largest Park of Jurassic period fossils in Patagonia in southern Argentina. The place of burial of the fossils, which were uncovered by recent erosion, it was discovered four years ago and until now was kept secret.
Dr Massini, a geologist from regional research centre reported that this plot is in the area of the massif the Deseado in the province of Santa Cruz in Patagonia.
“This is a unique discovery. Found bones and fossils of flora, micro – and macro-organisms. In addition, the organisms were buried very quickly by mud and fine earth, says Massini. – You can even see how the fungi, cyanobacteria, and worms were moved when they were still alive”.
Excavations are carried out on an area of about 60 thousand square kilometers, and the Massini amazed at how well preserved this area, which is 140 million years old.
“Here you can see the same landscape, as in the days of the Jurassic period — as was located the thermal water, lakes and streams,and plants and other parts of the ecosystem”. Ancient plants is much different from today’s species, and it is hoped that this study will shed light on the evolution of the present flora. Paleobotanist Ignacio Escapa found the fossil of a fly and hopes to find a stone of the mosquito.
This is the first “whole ecosystem”, which refers to the Jurassic period. A similar place is renie, Scotland (in silicic rocks) and dates back to 380 to 350 million years. But it is not on the surface, as in Patagonia.
As the Park found a huge number of fossils, the study goes in different directions. Dr Massini studying microorganisms, paleobotanist Ignacio Askara deals with plants, and Professor Diego Guido conducting geological analysis.
Worms, plants and bacteria of the Jurassic period would not have become the heroes of the film, but still – it’s a brilliant opening.
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