Patagonia. Privileged territory, with abundance and variety of paleontological deposits comparable to the large deposits of Gobi (China) or Alberta (Canada). Unmissable destination for research field trips for scientifics around the world and home of findings that defy the imagination.
In this context it was born in the community the need to protect and conserve this extraordinary fossil richness and keep it in their home for generations. This is how is born in the city of Trelew, in 1988, the Paleontological Museum Egidio Feruglio.
Since then, the MEF and its research and teaching programs have grown both in quantity and in quality. Its story reveals a sustained effort of creativity and initiative to carry out its mission.
The beginnings of the Museum
The Museum opened its doors on December 28, 1990 in a modest house: an old furniture retail store of 700 square meters.
It worked only three people, the director, a paleontological technician and an administrative employee.
But the interest of scientists and neighbours make possible a sustained growth of the new museum. They had a great desire to stimulate and developed research in the region!
In the search for new resources that enable the achievement of this new objectives, in 1990, the Egidio Feruglio Foundation was born. The Foundation, together with the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and the Municipality of Trelew, constitute the institutional support of the MEF, with a non-government organization management.
Soon after, the Provincial Tourism Authority declares "Provincial Tourist Interest" the new museum and an agreement authorizing the MEF to develop prospecting, extraction, recovery and touristic value of the paleontological heritage of the Province of Chubut was signed.
Since then, the work of its researchers placed the MEF as a leader in the field of Paleontology in Patagonia. Also it achieves a sustained international recognition, shown in numerous research agreements with prestigious institutions, such as:
American Museum of Natural History, USA
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, USA
University of Kansas, USA
Monash Science Center of Melbourne, Australia
Museum of Natural Sciences, La Plata, Argentina
Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Paleontological Bryn Gwyn GeoPark
Nearby the town of Gaiman, the Geological and Paleontological GeoPark Bryn Gwyn, opened its gate in 1993. This natural reserve of over 250 hectares is the first of its kind in South America. As a tourist resort, it offers a tour of the exhibits on geology and fauna that inhabited the region for the past 40 million years.