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Address: Villa de Leyva, Colombia
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The "Museum Fossil" is a community museum that exhibits in situ...

The "Museum Fossil" is a community museum that exhibits in situ the fossil specimen holotype "Kronosaurus BOYACENSIS" described by OLIVER HAMPE 1992, this animal, a PLIOSAUROIDAE Cretaceous period Early, with 115 million years old, was a marine reptile predator of large, thick, short neck, four powerful flippers, short and muscular tail, breathing through lungs and gave birth to calves directly into the water. We also exhibited the holotype "PADILLASAURUS LEIVANENSIS" (Parra et. Al., 2015) A Brachiosauridae, originally from the Cretaceous period Early, with 130 million years old, is a dinosaur of great stature, with over 12 meters high and 17 meters long, unique in its kind. Our museum also exhibits a beautiful head of Kronosaurus as well as an interesting tip from another Kronosaurus and vertebras of this animal, and fragments of limbs and muzzle of that powerful marine reptile ... In our collection we have traces of Ichthyosauria, marine reptile breathing through lungs and gave birth to calves directly into the water, in the form of snuff, big eyes and a powerful flukes, one that animal was a hunter deep water. We also exhibited a considerable amount of Ammonoideas, commonly called "Ammonite", our collection of Ammonite allows us to observe the processes of biological change over time, or what is the same, allows us to observe the evolution, as well as the different types of materials rock that make up the fossils of the region. Our small but important collection of bivalvias, fish, crabs and turtles allow us to observe dynamic different ecological and diverse ecological niches, from benthic animals as some bivalvias, through sea animals open as Ichthyosauria and fish, covering metropolitan animals like PLIOSAUROIDAE, reaching close to the coasts, where animals like ammonites, crabs and turtles dominated the scene. Also, our museum exhibits remains petrified plants Cretaceous period, we have evidence of roots, stems, leaves and seeds of gymnosperm plants. Last but not least, we exhibit some fossil remains of mammals of the Cenozoic Era, to be known Mammutidae and other remains still unidentified.

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Very small museum for fans

Very small museum with just one highlight: A huge fossil found some years ago in the near. Furthermore there are many ammonites shown.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Dortmund, Germany
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Dortmund, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very small museum with just one highlight: A huge fossil found some years ago in the near. Furthermore there are many ammonites shown.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most of the displays are in English too, but it's a very small museum, and quite crudely done. There are samples of fossils that were found in the local area. It took me 10 minutes to go through it.

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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The name says it all: El Fosil = one. As in: the most interesting part of this is the single large Kronosaurus fossil that was left on site and the museum was built around it. Definitely worth a quick visit if you are in the area but it would have been more interesting if they would have incorporated the CIP... More 

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Yateley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

A really impressive collection of fossils. Crowning glory is the 170 million year old Kronosaurus. The amazing 13 metre sea reptile. Plus lots and lots of other sea fossils. A must see

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Amazing huge fossil in it's original location. Lots of other exhibits/fossils as well. Some signs in English. Open air but under cover.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Enjoyed by all ages. Was mind-boggling to think how old it was. Well set out so that everyone could get a good view.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Yes, it's worth a visit and in some ways it ties in the Fertility symbology of the Solar calendar site. It's fun and can be done as part of a round tour. But, without any real substance behind it. We met the artisan that was the builder and the techniques used were interesting to hear about. A bit of fun,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Unique, fascinating but really helped having a knowledgeable guide explain so much. We particularly liked examining and feeling the dinosaur fossilised excremental! Well laid out museum, and with an enormous almost complete fossilised ancient ancestor of a crocodile in situ as it was found. The building was designed and assembled round it.

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Bogota, Colombia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

i really enjoyed seeing the kronosaurus fossil and knowing that i was looking at where it was originally discovered (remains not moved) and that it was one of the most in tact fossils of this type in the world. what was less impressive was the lack of information posted about the discovery (in 1977 by a farmer in the area)... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Never seen anything like this well laid out exhibit of the dinosaur variety although am not usually interested in this sort of thing. Would really recommend a visit to this attraction.

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