Dinosaur tracks Münchehagen

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Step seal of a theropod dinosaur

The dinosaur tracks Münchehagen are a natural monument surrounded by the open-air museum Dinosaurier-Park Münchehagen in a former quarry in the Rehburg mountains near Münchehagen , a district of Rehburg-Loccum in Lower Saxony .


Tracking group of sauropod dinosaurs
Dinosaur models and the shelter of the national geotope "Dinosaur tracks" (2008)

The fossil tracks are about 250 footprints of dinosaurs in the Wealden sandstone , which were left in the soft bottom of a river delta around 140 million years ago at the beginning of the Lower Cretaceous Period . The footsteps run in several tracks and come from both herbivorous "elephant-footed" sauropods and three-toed carnivorous theropods . Of the total of 15,000 square meters, 3,500 square meters were covered with a hall to protect them from the weather after attempts to preserve the tracks in the open air failed. "The dinosaur tracks near Münchehagen on the Steinhuder Meer " were declared a national geotope in Germany in 2006 .

The traces were discovered in 1980 when the quarry floor was hosed down as part of a fire brigade exercise and the up to 130 cm large mud-filled depressions were exposed.

The open-air museum “Dinosaurier Park Münchehagen” was built around the natural monument. On a 2.5-kilometer circular path, you follow the history of the earth from the ancient times (Paleozoic) to the modern earth (Cenozoic). Along its course, a total of over 200 up to 45 meters long realistic models of prehistoric animals have been erected in keeping with the geological age. A “museum within a museum” exhibits some obsolete models and shows how knowledge about the appearance of these animals has changed.

See also


  • Issue 37 in the series of reports from the Institute for Geology and Paleontology at the University of Hanover: Münchehagen-Heft, 1998:
    • T. Schwennicke: Traces of life and surface marks on the tracking area in the Münchehagen natural monument
    • K. Monecke, F. Mattern: The rift system in the field of natural monuments.
    • Rudolf Fischer: The dinosaur tracks in the Münchehagen natural monument. ( Online , pdf)

Web links

Commons : Saurierfährten Münchehagen  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Annette Broschinski: Dinos on the move - The dinosaur tracks near Münchehagen on the Steinhuder Meer. In: Ernst-Rüdiger Look, Ludger Feldmann (Ed.): Fascination Geology. The important geotopes of Germany , E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart 2006, ISBN 3-510-65219-3 , pp. 20f.

Coordinates: 52 ° 26 ′ 33 ″  N , 9 ° 12 ′ 2 ″  E