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Valley of the Dinosaurs, Argentina
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Giganotosaurus Carolinii

 

Photo by Subsecretaria de Turismo de Neuquén

Valley of the Dinosaurs, as the badlands of Argentina are called, is a truly remote family travel destination. So why take the kids? Dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes once roamed this corner of western Patagonia. Giganotosaurus carolinii, one of the largest carnivores yet discovered, inhabited the Patagonian steppe during the late Cretaceous Period. Argentinosaurus huinculensis, one of the largest dinosaurs to have walked the earth, lived here a few million years earlier. Titanosaurs passed through long after the previous two. But what makes Valley of the Dinosaurs so spectacular is what's happened in the interim. An eon of doings fossilized prehistoric life and unearthed it again. Museo Carmen Funes, a small natural history museum, is home to the biggest and smallest giants of Patagonia, Argentinosaurus huinculensis and sauropod eggs. The Ernesto Bachmann Museum is all about Giganotosaurus carolinii. Auca Mahuevo, a nesting site for titanosaurs, is littered with dinosaur eggs. Cañadón Escondido is a great place to hunt for dinosaur footprints and steal a look at some really old rock. History is made present at Centro Paleontológico Lago Barreales. More than 400 fossils have been uncovered at this dinosaur dig site!
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