Era/Age

In our paths of about 2.5 kilometers, it is a journey of about 400 million years, through different periods of Earth's history. In these tracks can be observed more than 120 models of real size dinosaurs, constructed in close cooperation with scientists all over the world, building models with a high scientific standard.

 

The tracks are divided into 4 different ages, corresponding to different phases of the Phanerozoic ("age of visible life").

The first track is the Paleozoic Era with three periods: Devonian, Carboniferous and Permian (Track 1) and the other trails are from Mesozoic with the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous (Tracks 2, 3 and 4)  

  

 

The Triassic: 250-200 million years ago

At the beginning of the Mesozoic Era, the age of the dinosaurs, in the Triassic, they reformulated their locomotion apparatus. The legs become more vertical, under the body, which greatly increased their mobility.

 

At Dino Parque Lourinhã houses several carnivores and herbivores especially interesting are the Plateosaurus, the ancestors of long-necked dinosaurs and carnivores. The strange and armored Typothorax  (cousin of the crocodile). In the midst of the trees, hiding the agile predators' Coelophysis, always attentive to small prey, such as lizards or dragonflies. 

 

 

The Jurassic: 200-145 million years ago

Our imagination on the world of dinosaurs is primarily dominated by the Saurischia group. The group includes the large long-necked dinosaurs, and the dangerous carnivorous predators. Among the best known Ornithischia, a second large group, are the Stegosaurus and Iguanodon.

 

The Jurassic at Dino Parque is densely populated by many different ones. Just at the beginning we can see one of the largest marine predators: the fierce Liopleurodon who ate everything that went on his way. On shore the Allosaurus won't let the Stegosaurus escape.

Two clashes unfold between dinosaurs of the Lourinhã: The Lourinhanosaurus looks the giant Lourinhasaurus should, too great to hunt him alone, and the Supersaurus, a sauropod of 25 meters, frightens when he sees the Torvosaurus, the greatest terrestrial predator of the Jurassic around the world.

 

The Cretaceous: 145-65 million years ago

The Cretaceous Period was for dinosaurs, the second peak at the time of its development: The Ornithischia dominated the species of herbivorous dinosaur and in predators, were many forms of feathers which developed.

At the end of the Cretaceous, you can find our most famous dinosaur: the Tyrannosaurus rex or the T. rex as often is known. This huge "eating machine" is the king of carnivorous dinosaurs and an icon for all dinosaur fans.

In this track, you can also observe some of the most exotic dinosaurs as Neovenator with your "masked" face or the enormous Gigantoraptor.

 

Dinosaurs of Portugal

Dino Parque have the honor to present for the first time some models of dinosaur discovered in Lourinhã and Portugal.

The Ceratosaurus was a carnivorous dinosaur with a horn near the nose and his hands with four fingers instead of regular three, like most carnivores

Torvosaurus gurneyi, was the largest terrestrial predator of the Jurassic, with 11 meters long, 80 million years before the Tyrannosaurus rex. He had teeth shaped like a knife blade, with two-sided serrations and many replacement teeth.

Lourinhanosaurus antunesi, which is associated with one of the largest nests of dinosaurs in Europe, which was discovered in the region of Lourinhã, was also a carnivorous dinosaur from the Jurassic period which could reach 7 to 8 meters long.

But really giants were the Supersaurus Dinheirosaurus and the Lourinhasaurus alenquerensis, animals so great that they could not be hunted by lonely predators.

 

Dino Bones

In the Dino Park Laboratory, you can see the work in laboratory of "fossil preparation". This is visible by all visitors who to see how is preparation work in the real environment, from individual fossilized bones or to the mounting of a complete skeleton.

We work together with scientists at the Museu da Lourinhã and in fossils that form several unique species of dinosaurs, important discoveries in the area of paleontology with worldwide relief.

 
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