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If any of you recognize the city of Trento, it is probably because of the famous council it once held, not because of paleontology, During the Reformation the Catholic Church held its counter-reform activities in this mid-sized northern Italian town. These activities led in a large part to the rebounding of the Catholic Church during those troubled times. But, what many people don't realize is that Trento is rich in paleontological flavor. In fact, several of the castles and churches that held these counter reformation activies of the Council of Trent are composed of fossil-rich marble, mined from the surrounding Alps.
Every street and sidewalk in Trento is composed of this rose or white colored marble, and everywhere you step you are bound to walk on the remains of Jurassic ammonites. Even the large local castle, the centrally located Castello del Buonconsiglio, has walls composed of ammonite-rich limestone.
It is only fitting, then, that Trento has its own paleontology museum, which it does. The Trento Museum of Natural Science is located near the large castle and contains paleontology, geology, mineraology, zoology, insectology, and botany exhibits. At the time of our visit the temporary exhibt focusing on the natural history and formation of the Alps had just closed. But, we were still able to see many interesting local fossils and even a surprising dinosaur footprint.
Here are some of the photos that I took at the museum:
MUSEUM FOSSIL EXHIBITS
Rovereto dinosaur footprint
Ammonite on walls of Castello del Buonconsiglio
Ammonite on streets of Trento
Ticket to museum
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