Trelew, Argentina
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Piatnitzkysaurus Floresi

 

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Trelew is more than a transit point for families traveling to Puerto Madryn and Peninsula Valdes. It is a top destination on Patagonia's paleontology circuit and departure point for trips to Punta Tombo. Visit Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum, also known as MEF, and discover Patagonia's giants. Take a day trip to Punta Tombo Natural Protected Area and gawk at the world's largest colony of Magellanic Penguins.
 
Carnotaurus
Carnotaurus, from the Latin word carne meaning flesh and Greek word taurus meaning bull, was a meat-eating dinosaur. Carnotaurus roamed Argentina during the late Cretaceous more than 90 million years ago. This extinct reptile measured 9 meters (30 ft) in length, stood 3 meters (10 ft) tall and weighed 1,600 tons (1.76 tons). Like all other theropods, Carnotaurus stood on two legs and had three-toed feet. It had a longer neck and smaller head than other members of the theropod family. But what make Carnotaurus really distinctive are its bull-like horns, boxed jaw and tiny four finger limbs. Jose Bonaparte, an Argentine paleontologist, discovered the first Carnotaurus fossil in Chubut, Argentina in 1985. Carnotaurus sastrei is the only known species.
 

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