The Rocky Roads of Colombian Paleontology

The town of Apulo, about 64 kilometers from Bogotá, is well known in Colombia thanks to its summer weather and beautiful landscapes. It is located in a region of contrasts, where unpaved roads and impoverished populations can be found next to affluent summer houses and luxury resorts.

The unpaved road between Apulo and San Francisco, featuring traditional transportation from the region, overlies a Cretaceous ecosystem. Clockwise from top left: Callawayasaurus colombiensis, Goulmimichthys, Sachicasaurus vitae, and the region’s ubiquitous ammonites. Credit: Santiago Flórez

Ammonite fossils are found in abundance on the unpaved roads, rivers, and streams of the region. Residents frequently use them to build and decorate houses…

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