The Cretacic Park

I bet you know the film "Jurassic Park", but have you ever heard about the Cretacic Park?

We reached the town of Sucre in Central Bolívia at July 18th. Our goal was to visit the largest vertical dinosaur track site in the world.

At the first sight Sucre didn't make a good impression, but after some time it was revealed as a charming colonial city. Sucre was the first capital of its country and today the downtown is filled with old spanish houses and churches.

In the surroundings of Sucre lays an astonishing paleontological site. It atracts so many tourists every year that made the bolivianos build a five-star theme park.

El Parque Cretácico, the Cretaceous Park, is a compound with atractions not only for children, but for everyone interested about dinosaurs.

Located at the top of a hill it makes an underfull view of the tracksite.

The importance of this site is that even though there are no known dinosaur species described in Bolivia based on corporal fossil materials, scientists have a strong evidence of dinosaurian fauna only based on the tracksites.

Dinosaurs from many groups were identifyed from the footprints: sauropods, theropods, ornitopods and possibly a ankylosaurian track as well. There's also a small track featuring pterosaur footprints.

How did the horizontal tracks became a vertical hillside?

Andean uplift tectonism had folded cretaceous layers of rocks and now, after several erosional processes (including mining activies in the area) exposed the old tracks as a 300-meter-high vertical wall.

It's surelly a view one should has the oportunity to admire. It makes you travel in time in your imagination.

The Parque Cretácico is an example of a very good work done and how can one make science something fun and entertaining.

After a full day aprecciating the park, we wondered: why don't we have such parks in Brazil? We have many paleontological sites, and we are a whelthy country. Why Brazilians have not interest in building parks like that Bolivian one? That's something reflexive.

In the next post we will visit the Tiwanaku ruins at the surroundings of La Paz.

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Tito Aureliano

Author & Editor

Professora, Doutora e apaixonada por Paleontologia, me dedico, além das pesquisas, à divulgar ciência para o público geral.