Mexico boasts new paleontology research lab

The new MXN$13.2 million lab will allow specialists to store and prepare new fossil materials in Coahuila

Mexico boasts new paleontology research lab
According to CONACYT, the new facilities will allow specialists from the Museum of the Desert to store and prepare all fossil materials discovered in Coahuila - Photo: Conacyt & Mude
English 31/01/2019 16:10 Notimex Mexico City Actualizada 16:10
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At least 13 families of dinosaurs are known to have lived in the Mexican territory and 10 of them were found in the state of Coahuila.

Now, with the support of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), the State Council of Science and Technology in Coahuila (COECYT), and the Autonomous University of Coahuila (UAC), a new Paleontology Lab was created in the famous Museum of the Desert (MUDE) earlier this month.

According to CONACYT, the new facility will allow specialists from the Museum of the Desert to store and prepare all fossil materials discovered in Coahuila, which will significantly enhance the state’s paleontological research capability.

Although the museum had a special department to conduct this type of activity, it has proven to be insufficient due to the rapid growth of the fossil collection and the institution’s growing need for a more serious paleontological research area.

Héctor Rivera Sylva, a senior researcher at MUDE’s Paleonthology Department, explained that, due to the rapid growth of the institution’s fossil collection, a new space has been created so that the scientific research is open for public view.

The specialist added that people usually didn’t have access to important paleontological spaces such as the geographical reference collection or Coahuila’s paleonthology collection. But now, people will be able to see their work up close through the new laboratory’s large windows.

The laboratory required an investment of MXN$13.2 million.
 

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