Palaeontology research and its application as cultural tourism in Aragon (Spain)


  • José Ignacio Canudo University of Zaragoza



Fossil vertebrates, Aragon, Popularization, Tourism


The focus of the work undertaken by the research group Aragosaurus-IUCA of the University of Zaragoza is on fossil vertebrates, including in particular dinosaurs and large vertebrates from the Pleistocene of Aragon (Spain). These fossils are very attractive for the general public, and the localities where they have been found have thus shown great interest in exploiting them for the purposes of tourism. An account is given of three distinct projects in which the group has taken part, providing scientific information to draw attention to the localities where the fossils were found: the “Last Dinosaurs of Europe” at Arén (Huesca), the “Tella Cave Bear” (Huesca), and the Satellite Centres of Dinópolis (Teruel). In each case the uniqueness of the fossils from the locality in question has been highlighted.


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Author Biography

José Ignacio Canudo, University of Zaragoza

Grupo Aragosaurus-IUCA. University of Zaragoza. Zaragoza. Spain.


CANUDO, José Ignacio et al. (2008): “A new sauropod: Tastavinsaurus sanzi gen. et sp. nov. from the Early Cretaceous (Aptian) of Spain”. In Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, nº 28(3), pp. 712-731.[712:ANSTSG]2.0.CO;2

CANUDO, José Ignacio et al. (2010): “20 años ayudando a diseñar museos por Aragón”. In La Paleontología y los Museos. Institución Fernando el Católico, pp. 109-132.

CANUDO, José Ignacio & CUENCA-BESCÓS, Gloria (2006): “El Museo del Oso de las Cavernas de Tella (Huesca)”. in Naturaleza Aragonesa, nº 16, pp. 74-79.

CRUZADO-CABALLERO, Penélope, et al. (2010): “Blasisaurus canudoi gen. et sp. nov., a new lambeosaurine dinosaur (Hadrosauridae) from the latest Cretaceous of Arén (Huesca, Spain)”. In Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, nº 47(12), pp. 1507-1517.

PEREDA-SUBERBIOLA, Xabier et al. (2009): “The last hadrosaurid dinosaurs of Europe: A new lambeosaurine from the Uppermost Cretaceous of Aren (Huesca, Spain)”. In Comptes Rendus Palevol, nº 8, pp. 559-572.

RABAL-GARCÉS, Raquel, et al. (2011): “Was the European cave bear an occasional scavenger?”. In Lethaia. In press.

de TORRES, Trinidad, et al. (2004): “El oso de las cavernas de la Cueva de Coro Tracito (Tella-Sin, Huesca)”. In Sobrarbe. Revista del Centro de Estudios de Sobrarbe, nº 10, pp. 207-238.



How to Cite

Canudo, J. I. (2012). Palaeontology research and its application as cultural tourism in Aragon (Spain). Virtual Archaeology Review, 3(5), 28–32.