Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park

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Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park
Fossilized Dinosaur eggs displayed at Indroda Fossil Park

The Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park in Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, India,is a park which houses the fossilized remains and the petrified eggs of the dinosaurs. It is technically a man made fossil park and not the actual nesting grounds where the dinosaurs lived. The eggs and fossils on display here are actually from the world's 3rd largest dinosaur fossil excavation site and 2nd largest hatchery located at Raiyoli, Balasinor, Gujarat.[1] The Park was set up by the Geological Survey of India[1][2] and is the only dinosaur museum in the country.[2]

The Park is run by the Gujarat Ecological and Research Foundation (GEER) and has been called India's Jurassic Park. The oldest record of dinosaur bone fossils is of middle Jurassic period and they are found from Parcham formation of Kutch basin. The fossils which were found in Upper Cretaceous formations in the region date back 66 million years ago. The eggs are of different sizes, some the size of cannon balls. Fossil trackways of these gargantuan animals are also on display in the park.[1]

Dinosaurs that are on display include Tyrannosaurus rex, Megalosaurus, Titanosaurus, Barapasaurus, Brachiosaurus, Antarctosaurus, Stegosaurus and Iguanodon.[1] The park displays life-size models of the dinosaurs along with details of each period in which they existed and characteristics of the animals.[1]

The fossils were found in the Songhir Bagh Basin, the Himatnagar basin of Balasinor, south-eastern parts of Kheda, Panchmahal and Vadodara districts of the state.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Gujarat – Jurassic Park of India". The Times of India. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Gujarat: the Jurassic Park of India". IANS. February 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 

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Coordinates: Earth 23°11′31″N 72°38′53″E / 23.192°N 72.648°E / 23.192; 72.648