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Address: Villa de Leyva, Colombia
Phone Number: +57 310 5700243
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The "Museum Fossil" is a community museum that exhibits in situ...

The "Museum Fossil" is a community museum that exhibits in situ the fossil specimen holotype "Kronosaurus BOYACENSIS" described by OLIVER HAMPE 1992, this animal, a PLIOSAUROIDAE Cretaceous period Early, with 115 million years old, was a marine reptile predator of large, thick, short neck, four powerful flippers, short and muscular tail, breathing through lungs and gave birth to calves directly into the water. We also exhibited the holotype "PADILLASAURUS LEIVANENSIS" (Parra et. Al., 2015) A Brachiosauridae, originally from the Cretaceous period Early, with 130 million years old, is a dinosaur of great stature, with over 12 meters high and 17 meters long, unique in its kind. Our museum also exhibits a beautiful head of Kronosaurus as well as an interesting tip from another Kronosaurus and vertebras of this animal, and fragments of limbs and muzzle of that powerful marine reptile ... In our collection we have traces of Ichthyosauria, marine reptile breathing through lungs and gave birth to calves directly into the water, in the form of snuff, big eyes and a powerful flukes, one that animal was a hunter deep water. We also exhibited a considerable amount of Ammonoideas, commonly called "Ammonite", our collection of Ammonite allows us to observe the processes of biological change over time, or what is the same, allows us to observe the evolution, as well as the different types of materials rock that make up the fossils of the region. Our small but important collection of bivalvias, fish, crabs and turtles allow us to observe dynamic different ecological and diverse ecological niches, from benthic animals as some bivalvias, through sea animals open as Ichthyosauria and fish, covering metropolitan animals like PLIOSAUROIDAE, reaching close to the coasts, where animals like ammonites, crabs and turtles dominated the scene. Also, our museum exhibits remains petrified plants Cretaceous period, we have evidence of roots, stems, leaves and seeds of gymnosperm plants. Last but not least, we exhibit some fossil remains of mammals of the Cenozoic Era, to be known Mammutidae and other remains still unidentified.

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i really enjoyed seeing the kronosaurus fossil and knowing that i was looking at where it was originally discovered (remains not moved) and that it was one of the most in tact... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bogota, Colombia
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Bogota, Colombia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i really enjoyed seeing the kronosaurus fossil and knowing that i was looking at where it was originally discovered (remains not moved) and that it was one of the most in tact fossils of this type in the world. what was less impressive was the lack of information posted about the discovery (in 1977 by a farmer in the area)... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Never seen anything like this well laid out exhibit of the dinosaur variety although am not usually interested in this sort of thing. Would really recommend a visit to this attraction.

Thank James H
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Lacking in information about the actual fossils themselves. The guy at the front didn't give us our change until we asked for it - I suspect he does this with all tourists. Pretty cheeky if I might say so myself.

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Colombia, S.A.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Because I had been there before maybe I wasn't as awed this time around, or maybe because the ticket lady at the front tried to charge me double for a map of the area (gringo tax) and then tried to negotiate, might have turned me off and put me in a foul mood. I don't know. It's an interesting visit... More 

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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

When dinosaurs walked - or in this case, swam - the earth, they reigned supreme. Now long dead, their remains lay hidden beneath layers of earth, waiting to be discovered. This one was lucky enough, not only to be discovered, but to have an entire museum built around it. The hills around Villa de Leyva are littered with fossils, remnants... More 

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Biberach (Riss), Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

It is a very good museum. The fossil is impressive and there are several more fossils displayed. Very friendly staff and there is also information in english available.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

Not everyplace has a Pliosaurus 110 million years old. see this amazing marine reptile and imagine the area covered by an ocean.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

Very interesting and impressive, entrance price was 6000 pesos, but I thought it was worth it so see the petrified bones of a creature that lived mover 100 millions years ago. The museum also contains other fossiles

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

small Museum in the area were the found some Fossil I cant describe the name but look like a big alligator head and turtle body frame so the build a museum around the fossil not to damage what was found in the area and other marine sea life .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

We hired a tour guide and drive (arranged through the hotel) and this was a first stop. The museum is small but has a number of marine fossils from the area. I didn't realize that a good part of Colombia was once part of the ocean floor. When the Andes rose, a significant amount of prehistoric marine life was cut... More 

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