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Monumento Natural Bosques Petrificados de Jaramillo

Monumento Natural Bosques Petrificados

Monumento Natural Bosques Petrificados de Jaramillo is a natural park that protects fossils of the ancient petrified forest located 159 mi (256 km) West of Puerto Peseado in Argentina.

 

 

 

Location: 159 mi (256 km) West of Puerto Peseado  Map

Open: 8am- 6pm daily

 

 

 

Description of Monumento Natural Bosques Petrificados de Jaramillo

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Monumento Natural Bosques Petrificados de Jaramillo or Petrified Forest Natural Monument in the North- East Santa Cruz Province of Argentina is a natural formation of fossilized ancient forest. It cover a total area of 13,70 hectares (34,000 acres). Semi desert area is littered with remnants of the ancient forest dating back 150 million years ago during the late Jurassic period of the Mesozoic Era when the area was frequented by massive dinosaurs. Much of the area at the time was covered by evergreen conifer trees of now extinct Araucaria mirabilis. Volcanic activity of the Andes mountains covered ancient forest with ash and lava. This offered a great chance for petrifications of ancient trees and its cones in a perfect time capsule. Some of the fossils discovered in the area were measured at 100 m (328 feet) in height with a diameter of 3.5 m (11 feet). Apparently Patagonia and area of Monumento Natural Bosques Petrificados de Jaramillo during the Jurassic peiod enjoyed much wetter and warmer climate than today.

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