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Ipolytarnóc Prehistoric Fossil museum

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23 Million years ago a volcanic eruption buried an entire subtropical jungle under volcanic ash and created a prehistoric site near Salgotarjan in the North of HUngary. This resulted in one of the world's richest fossil records of petrified plants, footprints and animal bones plus teeth of aquatic animals. Amongst the exhibits are the teeth of 24 different species of sharks as well as the teeth of crocodiles and dolphins, an almost 100 m tall petrified pine, more than 15,000 subtropical, exotic leaves and 3,000 animal footprints of 11 species. 

The fossils can be viewed thanks to a preservation order established in 1944 and the site is now managed by the Directorate of the Bükk National Park. In 2010the Site became the main gateway to the world's second transborder geopark, the Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark.

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