5-13-2015 Mummies, Minerals, and More at the Tarija Paleontological Museum!

by Kricket

Recently I did a blog on the dinosaur tracks found in Sucre, Bolivia. Today I'm doing a blog also about prehistoric stuff and also about a place you can visit in Bolivia. This one is located in... um... one second *psst... where is it located... Hmm.. ok... thanks... OK so my sources, er... research tell me it's located in Tarija. Here is:

The Tarija Paleontology Museum

The Tarija Paleontology Museum is called Museo Paleontológico y Arqueológico in Spanish. It is a museum in Tarija located one block down from the central plaza. Inside are fossils and artifacts dating back one million years ago. It was constructed in 1941, and over the years, has had many different uses other than a paleontological museum. There are two floors to the building. Lets examine them.

Bottom Floor

The bottom floor is full of paleontological stuff with 3 full-sized skeletons: one is a 9-foot high giant sloth, and the other two are full-sized skeletons of a mammoth and giant armadillo. In fact there are so many fossils and bones, that most of them are kept in storage.

And now for the fan favorite TV show that isn't a show, it's just text but sounds like a TV Show, its FUN FACT TIME! Here on FUN FACT TIME today, we have a very interesting fun fact that you might not believe. The 9-foot high giant sloth skeleton was discovered by a little boy. And now back to the blog.

Top Floor

On the second floor there's a whole bunch of ancient pottery and spearheads and stuff left behind by your ancestors (uou know who you are.) There are two rooms on the second floor and each one will be explored separately.

First Room

In the first room are many glass cases full of ancient rocks and minerals. The area is called the mineralogy section, so if you're into looking at rocks and stuff (meh, not my thing) you can look at that.

Second Room

In the second room there are a whole bunch of ancient weapons, pottery, clothing and fabric, and even mummies. (Don't worry these ones don't have weird ancient tomb curses and stuff... or do they...) Here you can find out how people were buried (Oddly enough, our ancestors managed to stuff their dead into clay pots. How? Don't ask).

And now you know a bit about the Tarija Paleontology Museum. Admission is free, but you will have to register and it's open all week, so visit it to your heart's content.


But seriously, don't go there too much. You might get bored.

So here's my question. The 9-foot high giant sloth was discovered by a young boy. Guess what age he was? Bye!

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