Didactic and Divulgative Resources of the Middle Triassic Vertebrate Tracksite of Los Arroturos (Province of Guadalajara, Spain)

Abstract

The Middle Triassic reptile tracksite of Los Arroturos (Guadalajara, Spain) provides a high scientific and didactic interest. In this site, numerous tracks and trackways of rauisuchian archosaurs are preserved, being an especially characteristic site in the Triassic of Spain. The tracksite is very useful for developing educational goals, such as fieldtrips and teaching activities. In this work, some fieldtrips have been carried out for students of primary and secondary school levels. These type of activities offer a great opportunity to promote interest in geosciences and improve awareness about the importance of palaeontological heritage. Nevertheless, this tracksite is extremely vulnerable, and suffers from continuous degradation caused by weathering. The plan to develop it as an educational site relies on its survival; however, if no adequate protection is provided, the tracks will quickly be completely deteriorated. It is necessary to take urgent measures to protect this site. The surrounding area offers an outstanding cultural heritage and it would be interesting to publicise this tracksite as well as using this publicity to promote its protection.

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Acknowledgements

Thanks to Dr. Fernando Barroso-Barcenilla from the Universidad de Alcalá for all his help and support during the realization of this work, Jorge González, Mick Green and Francisco Cisneros for their help with the English language, the reviewers of this article whose comments have helped to improve the original paper, the research projects CGL2013-42643-P and CGL2015-66604 Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Spain) and Predoctoral helps (economic support) for young research students (CT45/15-CT46/15) UCM.

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Berrocal-Casero, M., Arribas, M. & Moratalla, J.J. Didactic and Divulgative Resources of the Middle Triassic Vertebrate Tracksite of Los Arroturos (Province of Guadalajara, Spain). Geoheritage 10, 375–384 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12371-017-0244-1

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Keywords

  • Tracksite
  • Teaching
  • Fieldtrips
  • Geoheritage
  • Conservation