Ischigualasto / Talampaya
Natural Parks (2000)
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These two contiguous parks, extending over 275,300 ha in the desert region on the western border of the Sierra Pampeanas of central Argentina, contain the most complete continental fossil record known from the Triassic Period (245-208 million years ago). Six geological formations in the parks contain fossils of a wide range of ancestors of mammals, dinosaurs and plants revealing the evolution of vertebrates and the nature of palaeo-environments in the Triassic Period.
||Talampaya National Park is a national park located in the
east/centre of La Rioja Province in Argentina. It was designated a
provincial reserve in 1975 and in 1997 was declared a national park.
Its purpose is to protect important archaeological and palaeontological sites found in the area. It has landscapes of great beauty, with flora and fauna typical of the mountain biome. In the park can be found the dry bed of the Talampaya River, where dinosaurs lived millions of years ago - fossils, whilst not as interesting as in Ischigualasto, have been found here.
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Other World Heritage Sites in Argentina (on this website). Eventually refer to the UNESCO-listing, Argentina-Section, for further information on the individual properties.
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Revised 03 aug 2006