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Museo El Fosil

Villa de Leyva, Colombia
+57 310 5700243
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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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Villa de Leyva, Colombia
+57 310 5700243
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum you have to pay for an entrance with no much to see local business offer artesanías made by them also replicas of fossils to buy

Thank 11Sonrisal
Reviewed 12 July 2017

They have done a good job of protecting this oddity/fossil. It is a small venue surrounded by a few tiny snacks shops and souvenir stands. Best of all, for my boys, was the covered turf mini-soccer field in the back and down the hill. After...More

Thank CWilmette
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Although I've been in Villa de Leyva for several times, I saw the "Fosil" in my last visit. It's great for all those people who love these type of things. And it's also great for children. Very educational.

Thank JuanRamirezC
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Is good Attraction but small , you can see one good sea dinosaur , is good to go on no holiday weekend because is too much people

Reviewed 21 June 2017

You enter a small building and get to walk around the fossil, it is in very good shape and almost complete. One of the things that makes this fossil so special is that it was left in the spot were it was found, they built...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

yes it is a small museum but worth the opportunity to see 'El Fosil' in person. Amazing to think this creature existes in the past. Kind of like a crocodile/sea lion combo.

Thank briggskirby01
Reviewed 17 April 2017

If you are interested in fossils this is a nice place to visit - No dinosaurs here but the fossils are very interesting

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

You need to take into account us basically a micron museum built around a huge fossil (dead were it was found!). Its brilliant for its size. Quite worth it, great information, educational, interesting and a huge exhibit contained in its small building. The chronosaurus itself...More

Thank Brusca G
Reviewed 5 April 2017

It's not the most amazing thing I have ever seen, but they do some amazing things there. It's cheap to enter and it only takes a short time to see the whole place. Worth a visit if you like museums though.

Thank WanderlustingFoodi
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

So, people had mixed things to say about this. I wasn't quite sure why. The place is called "El fosil". There is a giant fossil displayed as you go inside. What else were you expecting?! Seriously though, it was interesting with a few other bits...More

Thank amy_maisonette
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