PALEONTOLOGY
The initial significant jobs about Brazilian fossils are published in the naturalist travel journals of the 19th century. The studies of the Danish scientist Peter Lund were also of great relevance. He lived in the country, and dedicated most of his work to pleistoscenic mammals. He described over a hundred new species and published many important works for the area. He is considered as the “father of Brazilian paleontology” for his work here.
Currently, Brazilian paleontology has undergone important development. In the same pace, the number of tourist tours specialized in the issue has grown. The areas in highlight are in peculiar environments such as Chapada do Araripe, in the state of Ceará; and Cajual Island, in the State of Maranhão. However, the great Brazilian start of the paleontological tourism is the Tourist Complex of Vale dos Dinossauros (Dinosaur Valley), in Sousa, State of Paraíba. Internationally renowned as one of the largest sites with fossil footprints in the worldwide, it already has a very good structure to receive visitors all year round.
The regions of the Dinosaur Valley has over 50 types of prehistoric animal footprints spread around the sedimentary basin of Rio do Peixe, over an 700 km² expanse. Stegosaurus, Alossaurus, Iguanodonts – countless species of dinosaur species left tracks on the Paraiba backlands between 250 and 65 million years ago.. On site, it is also possible to see petrified rain, primitive vegetation, part bone remains from prehistoric animals and Stone Age writings by the American ancestor.