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Dinosaurier-Park Altmuehltal
Dinosaurier-Park Altmuehltal
Owner description: The Altmühl Valley – the most famous fossil site in the world For more than two hundred years now, quarries along the Altmühl Valley between Solnhofen and Kelheim have been... more Owner description: The Altmühl Valley – the most famous fossil site in the world For more than two hundred years now, quarries along the Altmühl Valley between Solnhofen and Kelheim have been yielding fossils from the Jurassic period of about 150 million years ago that are unique in the world. With its dinosaur finds, including the “Urvogel” Archaeopteryx, the plattenkalk limestones from this region probably represent the most famous fossil locality of all. So far, more than one thousand fossil plant and animal species are known, such as spectacular predatory dinosaurs, marine crocodiles, flying pterodactyls, and coelacanths. Archaeopteryx is considered the best-known fossil of all. The twelfth specimen has been found – being older than any so far! In 2010 a private fossil collector discovered tiny, slender elements when splitting a limestone slab in a small quarry near the Kösching forest in the eastern part of the Altmühl Valley. The experienced collector recognized that these remains belonged to a reptile. It took until after dark to professionally unearth this extremely rare find, which stuck in several pieces of the broken slab. Numerous slivers had to be restored. Assuming that he had found a rare pterodactyl, the collector notified the discovery to the appropriate administration. During the following months, an initial preparation was undertaken. To free the softer bone from the solid host rock under a microscope is a difficult work. But soon, it revealed that this was the most important fossil of earth’s history: an “Urvogel”, namely the twelfth specimen of Archaeopteryx had been found. The sensation is even greater, as this find is considerably older than previous discoveries. Now the reliable collector informed the Bavarian State Collection in Munich, impelled by his scientific intention. Even before the preparation had been finished, the fractured specimen was immediately declared a cultural monument of national meaning. By this, the owner’s wish to save the fossil for scientific access was accorded. The owner of the property, where the find was made, got payed off generously and by mutual agreement, as he was eligible for half of the value by law. Meanwhile, even expert preparators had considered this fossil to be fully lost due to its desolate condition. This induced the geologist and co-holder of the Dinosaur Park, Raimund Albersdörfer, to entrust the saving of the twelfth “Urvogel” to Europe’s most skilled preparators. After hundreds of hours spent on sometimes nerve-wracking work, the project was completed: Thousands of tiny fossil fragments had been restored, delicate structures had been carved out perfectly, pieces had been glued seamlessly, and gaps made invisible. An outstandingly preserved and nearly complete skeleton of Archaeopteryx was saved – and the collector’s dream to conserve this treasure for both science and public was fulfilled. Today, the first scientific evaluation is finished. Despite the paramount importance of his discovery, the finder of this Archaeopteryx wishes to remain anonymous. We owe it to his prudent and genuine commitment to present one of the most important finds of the world on exhibition. An icon of evolutionary research When Charles Darwin published his book “On the Origin of Species“ in 1859, the claim that animals change or that reptiles should have turned into birds caused some stir. Darwin could not show any evidence that a missing link had ever existed. Only two years later, the first specimen of Archaeopteryx was discovered near the town of Solnhofen in 1861. Being half a reptile, half a bird, this unique fossil from the Altmühl Valley has advanced to becoming a key witness in the theory of evolution. Today, it is proven beyond doubt how birds have gradually evolved from primeval predatory dinosaurs. Archaeopteryx exhibits in a special way how the oldest known birds have looked like. The early bird… Since being among the smallest predatory dinosaurs, Archaeopteryx was light enough to gain flight capability. Due to the finds of several specimens, we have detailed knowledge about its feathers. Surprisingly, these are indistinguishable from those of extant birds. The longest feathers formed robust wings. Alongside the tail column, the plumage built up a rudder. Although Archaeopteryx was not very skilled at flying, even a clumsy flight bore some advantages: This ancient bird could escape from an attack more easily, or hunt for insects and other small prey high up in tree tops. For that, it used its pointed teeth, as well as elongated claws on its hands and feet. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; Natural History Museums
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Audi Museum
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Maria de Victoria Church
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Gasthof Stern
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Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Die Gams
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Ranked #2 of 17 Restaurants in Beilngries
Cuisines: German
Good for: Kids
Fuchsbraeu
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Cuisines: German, International
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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Ranked #4 of 17 Restaurants in Beilngries
Cuisines: German
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Wheelchair Accessible
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KH Hotel
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Fuchsbraeu
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$118 - $169 (€109 - €157)
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$71 - $118 (€66 - €109)
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Gasthof Krone
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$71 - $136 (€66 - €126)
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Ringhotel Die Gams
4.0 of 5
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$104 - $177
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Beilngries
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Mercure Hotel Ingolstadt
4.0 of 5
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$68 - $135 (€63 - €125)
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