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Asturian Jurassic

In the initial visit to this room, the main rock varieties and fossils representative of the different environments which existed in Asturias during this period of the Mesozoic are shown. Many examples of invertebrates stand out here such as brittle stars, oil filled brachiopods, sponges, bivalves, ammonoids, etc. You can also contemplate rain drop impressions and different plant species.

The display cabinet dedicated to the fossils of Jurassic vertebrates exhibits a few of the footprints and skeletal remains that make up MUJA’s resources (around 200 fossils are displayed); this collection constitutes the best and most complete fossil record from Spain for this period. The stegosaur footprints, some with skin impressions which are relatively scarce on a global scale, the footprints of flying reptiles or pterosaurs, a large ulna of 1.25m in length belonging to an giant sauropod as well as different stegosaur bones, several fish remains, the skeleton of a marine crocodile and the skull and shell of a turtle all particularly stand out. Also displayed in this cabinet is the reproduction of the trackway of a bipedal dinosaur in which some useful measurements are represented for recognising different aspects of the characteristics and behaviour of these fascinating reptiles.

In another space, the industrial application of some Jurassic materials is shown such as jet (fossilized wod), one of the most precious jewels in traditional Asturian culture, and the main varieties of Jurassic rocks that have been used in the region for centuries for the construction of buildings.

The location of the main dinosaur tracksites on “The Dinosaur Coast” can be seen in an aerial photograph set on a backlighted panel.

 

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