An important amount of fossil remains of animals and plants, as old as 50 million years, were found by a group of residents in the town of Puelén in Argentina, in the extreme southwest of the province of La Pampa.
The finding occurred at the end of March, during paleontological excavating work on the eastern slope of the “El Fresco” mountain range, where sedimentary remains of a large lake — 50 million years old — appear and which until now had received limited attention, the Argentine Culture Ministry said in a statement.
“The exploration tasks of the museum were concentrated on 2 kilometers of the more than 60 kilometers that have the fossil formation. We nonetheless found an important amount of fossil remains of animals and vegetables,” he added.
The elements found will be studied jointly with specialists from the Egidio Feruglio de Trelew Museum and the National University of La Pampa (UNLPam).
The Department of Puelén possesses deposits of enormous paleontological potential, with rocks that comprise a period of between 70 and 50 million years. The department also has terrestrial, marine and lacustrine fossils, including dinosaur faunas, turtles, sharks and corals.
“The scientific relevance of the paleontological sites of Puelén also represents a real opportunity for the development of cultural tourism in the region, given that they are the gateway to the main tourist corridors of the southern region due to their location, one of the most important paleontological areas in the world,” said the official statement.
In addition, the specialists pointed out that very soon there will be more information about the paleontological treasures found in El Fresco.