300 ft Wall in Bolivia has over 10,000 Dinosaur Footprints

There is a300 ft Wall in Bolivia which according to researchers has over 10,000 Dinosaur Footprints from approximately 10 Dinosaur species that inhabited our planet some 68 million years ago. 

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There is an imposing limestone slab of 1.5 kilometers in length located just five kilometers from downtown Sucre in Bolivia. There with over 100 meters in height, visitors can nearly go back in time to an era when dinosaurs roamed our planet, some 68 million years ago.

There, at Cal Orko, visitors can find hundreds of different dinosaur tracks from what are believed to have been from over  eight different species, totaling over 10,000 individual dinosaur footprints.

Swiss paleontologist Christian Meyer, who arrived in Sucre, says that in 1998, when the first traces were discovered, the were around 3,000 dinosaur tracks, in 2007, the number rose to 5,000 prints and recent survey have discovered the area has over 10,000 individual dinosaur footprints.

Located in the vicinity,  is Parque Cretácico which opened in 2006. This dinosaur museum features 24 life-sized dinosaur replicas, incredible exhibitions, and even a viewing platform 150 meters from the rock face, ideal for appreciating the entire area. It’s from this vantage point where you can understand the sheer scale and magnitude behind the impressive footprints left by dinosaurs over 68 Million years ago.

But, were Dinosaurs walking like Spiderman… Spidersaurus?

Well, not really, Dinosaurs were not walking vertically on the walls. What was once the floor of a shallow lake that flooded much of South America during the Cretaceous has moved several times thanks to the tectonic plate movement. The floor trampled by Dinosaurs 68 million years ago was like a carpet that has been stretched and wrinkled over millions of years. The limestone wall that shows off all the tracks is an obvious example of the roughness of the land, now positioned in its vertical slope.

As Ian Belcher of The Guardian explains:

“It was unique climate fluctuations that made the region a palaeontological honey pot. The creatures’ feet sank into the soft shoreline in warm damp weather, leaving marks that were solidified by later periods of drought. The wet weather then returned, sealing the prints below mud and sediment. The wet-dry pattern was repeated seven times, preserving multiple layers of prints. The cherry on the cake was added when tectonic activity pushed the flat ground up to a brilliant viewing angle – as if nature was aware of its tourism potential.”

Simply put, Cal Orko in Bolivia is one of the few locations on the planet where we can find a sheer concentration of footprints from a wide variety of dinosaurs that lived at the end of the Cretaceous period.

If you ever decide to take a trip to Car Orko, local tourism agencies offer trips to the site from Monday through Saturday at noon and 1 p.m. Tours cost $4.35.

The visit is well worth your time and money since there aren’t many places on our planet where you can see the traces left by one of the first dominant species that inhabited our planet 68 Million years ago.

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  1. There are two different explanations for this feature. One is given above. Most people will simply accept as fact what is pure conjecture without batting an eye. If you refuse to believe anything other than what you’re told, then you’ll dismiss any critical questions.
    But examine it with your critical-thinking skills, and you might ask:
    Did all of these different types of dinosaurs NORMALLY herd together? If not, why would they all be moving together?
    What are the chances that this same procedure of making tracks in a wetland, then drying out, then again becoming a wetland, then again getting covered in tracks, then over & over & over again, seven times in the same location?
    And when you step back and take a look at the bigger picture, you’ll start noticing a trend in these fossil stories. It usually involves water, and you’ll often see the term “flood-plain” used.
    You might also begin to question things like why TEN THOUSAND HADROSAURS are buried in one geological location at Egg Mountain in Montana. Some surmise that they ALL couldn’t have been buried in one flood event; after all, that would be an inconceivably HUGE FLOOD!
    But do you accept the conjecture (often stated as fact) that a flood on a “flood plain” buried a bunch of them, then those which escaped, came back to the same location after the floodwaters receded, and again & again & again, until TEN THOUSAND of them were buried rapidly enough and by enough tonnages of debris to fossilize all TEN THOUSAND???
    Of course, there IS the explanation that every article like this tries its best to avoid (but it’s in the backs of everyone’s mind anyway):
    “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.
    On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark, they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds. So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life. Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the Lord closed it behind him.
    Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered.”
    (Also, look at the interesting article on LiveScience entitled “Stampeding Dinosaurs Were Actually Swimming”.)

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