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Egidio Feruglio Paleontologic Museum - Trelew

The Egidio Feruglio Paleontologic Museum concentrates the most important fossil findings in Patagonia.

Expositor of paleontology in Patagonia, the Egidio Feruglio Museum (EFM) is located in the center of Trelew and works in a modern building inaugurated in 1999 that houses a series of findings of highly important scientific value.
Javier García Díaz from the EFM was expecting me to comment on the history and the projects of this institution which emerged and is maintained as a result of the initiative of the Feruglio Foundation and the Municipality of Trelew.
Since 2004, the EFM has belonged to the category of unit associated to the Conicet – (Consejo de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas) Council of Scientific and Technical Research.
Egidio Feruglio Paleontologic Museum - Trelew
All the EFM's heritage, which has been acummulated, studied and preserved, is displayed with the aim of telling the history of the planet within the context of Patagonia.
Under the contemporary museologic conception, the exhibition area has been designed from the present geologic period to the Paleozoic Era with its ancient fossil records. More than 1,700 fossil pieces and 30 specimens of dinosaurs displayed in the halls are accompanied by scale models and explanatory posters, as well as a video projection narrating the beginnings of life on this planet.
Egidio Feruglio Paleontologic Museum - Trelew
Egidio Feruglio Paleontologic Museum - Trelew
We toured the first sections of the hall represent everything from the first human settlements in Patagonia to the primitive microorganisms, where some of the milestones of natural history are marked.
In the main area, the Mesozoic Era is illustrated with som dinosaur specimens from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods. The most outstanding carnivore is the Carnotaurus sastrei, which belongs to the group of the abelisaurids -the most spectacular South American carnivores. Likewise, the herbivorous Gasparinisaura cincosaltensis and the Titanosaurus australis, along with fossilized eggs, are displayed at the Museum.
Egidio Feruglio Paleontologic Museum - Trelew
On the first floor, the photographs reflect the various paleontological campaigns carried out in Patagonia and the achievements obtained as a result of the effort made by countless scientists.
Egidio Feruglio Paleontologic Museum - Trelew
The Feruglio Museum building also has an auditorium which bears the name of Germán Sopeña, as a tribute to the journalist who did a great job in spreading scientific knowledge across the South.

There are also countless programs for both grown-ups and kids, guided visits for groups of 30 people, in Spanish, English, Italian and German.
Likewise, the museum has a traveling exhibition that is presented all round the world with the purpose of spreading knowledge about the paleontological heritage of Patagonia.
Egidio Feruglio Paleontologic Museum - Trelew
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from September thru March, from 9am to 8pm. From April to August, from 10am to 6pm.
for children between 8 and 12 years old, the museum offers “Explorers in pyjamas”, an amusing night adventure to learn about the paleontology world.
Paleonotológico E Feruglio
Av. Fontana 140 (9100) Trelew - Chubut - Argentina
Tel: +54 280 443-2100  
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45 minutes approximately.
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The Detail

A group formed by Argentinian and German researchers, members of the Bavaria's Geology and Paleontology State Collection and the Egidio Feruglio Paleontologic Museum have discovered a new and very unusual dinosaur: the Brachytrachelopan mesai. It constitutes a new species of sauropods which dismisses the image of ecologically restricted giant dinosaurs not completely adapted to this group.
But undoubtedly, the discovery of the fossil flora sites in Laguna del Hunco (Chubut) and the Pichileufú River (Río Negro) has been one of the most significant events in the world of paleontology. Considered the most important finding of all times, the vegetation discovered would be over 50 million years old.
Along with American researchers, the EFM has already rescued more than 8,000 pieces and identified over 50 species that are examined at the museum's technical lab, the best equipped in South America.

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