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Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

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Further research conducted by scientists and research facilities from all over the world has proven the Robledo trackways as one of the most important Late Paleozoic fossil records in the world. A 2010 scientific survey, headed by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, located over 150 fossil sites in and around the Monument. These sites consist of tracks of reptiles, amphibians, and insects, along with marine fossils, plant fossils and petrified wood. All of these sites date to the same time period -- 280 million years ago.

The fossil record in Prehistoric Trackways National Monument gives scientists a unique window into hundreds of millions of years in the past.

In March of 2009, “in order to conserve, protect and enhance the unique and nationally important paleontological, scientific, educational, and recreational resources” the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument was established. Now scientists and public alike will be able to enjoy, learn and study about these fossils for future generations to come.

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