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Fundación Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel-Dinópolis

The Fundación Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel-Dinópolis (Aragón Government, Spain) was founded in 1998 with the aim of managing, in terms of cultural leisure, the palaeontological resources of Teruel area. Other important established goals are the promotion of palaeontological research and the preservation and public diffusion of the Turolian fossiliferous heritage.

In this framework, a "3D" handbook of Palaeontology is in progress. The first and most important chapter, the main History of Life in our planet, was presented in June, 2001 and nowadays has more than 30.000 square meters devoted to the task, combining a Palaeontological Museum (aquatic world hall, dinosaurs hall, mammals hall and human evolution building) and live performances (dark-rides, didactic workshops, entertainment activities, shows, theatre).

Other five “chapters” of this handbook fill minor "satellite" Museums located near emblematic palaeontological sites in the province; their topics are:

  • How is a dinosaur excavated? In Peñarroya de Tastavins, a Lower Cretaceous dinosaur site where the new sauropod Tastavinsaurus has been found.
  • How is a dinosaur restored? In Galve, several Lower Cretaceous dinosaur sites, one of them the type locality of the sauropod Aragosaurus.
  • How palaeontologists classify the fossils? In Rubielos de Mora, a Miocene Fossil-Lagerstätte with plants, insects and amphibians.
  • What is palaeobotany and how palaeobotany contributes to the palaeogeographical reconstructions (i.e., the ancient distribution of continents and seas)? In Castellote, a Lower Cretaceous fossil tree site.
  • How are fossil sites formed and modified? In Albarracín, a mountain-range originated in Jurassic Seas with abundant marine invertebrates and some marine reptiles.

Research on continental fossil vertebrates –mainly Mesozoic dinosaurs and Cenozoic mammals-, curation of fossils in the Palaeontological Laboratory and repositories, and public programs for scholars, students and general public are also developed at the Dinópolis Foundation.