DINOSAURS IN DINOPOLIS
Dinopolis is a new concept of entertainment. It has obtained a perfect balance in between culture and leisure, diversion and scientific spreading. Its design is based on supplies of leisure with a solid scientific base, but thought for the great public to satisfy its curiosity on the dinosaurs as an individual and paleontology in general.
The province of Teruel is characterized to have a great amount and variety of paleontological deposits and has been famous for it for years in- and outside of Spain. This great richness has motivated the development of different initiatives for the diffusion or its paleontological patrimony. That's why it seems necessary to establish common guidelines for the patrimonial valuation of the deposits, being as primary target its conservation and the priorities of intervention for each case. The traces of the deposits are a special case since the paleontological content, unlike those of direct rest, remain in the field forming part of the natural and cultural surroundings.
In the Independent Community of Aragón a total of 15 deposits of traces of dinosaurs have been documented, of which 13 are located in the province of Teruel. All of them have been declared recently Areas of Cultural Interest. They have been included in the files sent to UNESCO for the proposal of the inclusion in the list of World-wide Patrimony, next to the deposits of five other Spanish independent communities: Catalonia, the Rioja, Valencia, Castile - Leon and Asturias.
One of the most remarkable characteristics of the deposits of the province of Teruel is its ample temporary registry, with very diverse ages and very varied morphologies.
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WORLD LARGEST DINOSAUR FOUND IN TERUEL
Archaeologists in Spain say they have discovered fossil bones belonging to one of the world's largest dinosaurs.
The bones of a what would have been a 35m-long (about 115ft) creature weighting 50 metric tons were found near Riodeva in the eastern province of Teruel.
It is thought to have lived in the Lower Cretaceous period between 110m and 130m years ago.
The dinosaur has not yet been fully identified, but it is apparently a herbivorous sauropod similar to the Paralititan found in Egypt.
The find was announced at a news conference on Wednesday by Luis Alcala, the director of Teruel's palaeontological foundation.
The bones shown included a humerus (bone extending from shoulder to elbow) 1.78m (6ft) and a claw about 30cm (1ft) long. We are looking at the largest humerus ever found in the world
"We can present a find that will shake palaeontology in the coming years, I am absolutely convinced of that," said Mr Alcala.
"We are looking at the largest humerus ever found in the world," he added, explaining that the previous record - belonging to the Paralititan - was 1.69m (more than 5.5ft) long.
"The presence of crocodiles and fish with the dinosaur will give us a much better idea of what the ecosystems of that era were like in the area of Teruel and, by extension, on the Iberian peninsula and the continent of Eurasia," said Mr Alcala.
The site covers a surface of some 400sq m (4,306sq ft) of land cultivated over centuries, and the bones have been rebuilt from thousands of fragments picked up during the 18 months of excavations.
Teruel Province has a declining population and poor transport links and for years has been clamouring for recognition.
It even set up its own pressure group - Teruel Exists - in 1999.
The people of Teruel will surely be hoping that the news of the dinosaur find will put them firmly back on the map.