The town of Loarre, in Huesca, has a new Paleontological Laboratory open to the public. This center exhibits the fossil dinosaur eggs found in 2019 in the Sierra de Loarre, at the Santa Marina site, and which were excavated during two campaigns in 2020 and 2021. The Laboratory, managed by the town hall of the Alto Aragonese town, It functions as a room in the Science Museum of the University of Zaragoza. Designed by members of the Aragonese public campus in collaboration with the company Paleoymás, the Huesca Provincial Council, the Hoya de Huesca region, and the Government of Aragon, as well as the Ministry of Science and Innovation and the European Union, also participate in this project. .
This center, located at the entrance to Loarre, can be visited this August 2022, from Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Paleontological Laboratory joins the cultural offer offered by Loarre, in which its medieval castle plays a prominent role, and aims to become a resource for the area while allowing cutting-edge research to be carried out in the same place where they have been found. the fossils.
In the permanent exhibition, the visitor will be able to learn about the importance of the egg in the history of life and the revolution it brought about in the conquest of the continents by vertebrates. You will also be able to see what Loarre was like some 70 million years ago and understand why there are dinosaur eggs in the mountains, at the same time that you will meet the dinosaurs that laid the eggs of Santa Marina, what their nests and their embryos were like. And, finally, there is an area dedicated to the excavation work of the site, in which it is explained how Santa Marina was discovered, what tools and techniques have been used to excavate the eggs, and also why it is a site of great interest. at an international level, in which paleontologists from more than 10 different countries have excavated.
In addition to the exhibition, visitors will be able to discover the first paleontological laboratory in the province of Huesca, where the fossil eggs of Santa Marina are being restored and studied. Visitors will be able to access the laboratory and see how these materials are prepared from the moment they are extracted from the field until they are ready to be exhibited in a museum, being able to chat with the preparers and paleontologists who work in the laboratory and hear about the latest advances that have been made. .