uberaba, in Minas Gerais, has become the center of attention for dinosaur lovers since gaucho paleontologist Llewellyn Ivor Price (1905-1980), considered the father of Brazilian paleontology, started working in the rural district of Peirópolis in 1947 and remained in the region until 1974.

Price's work contributed not only to the development of Brazilian but also global paleontology. He collected the Staurikosaurus, the first dinosaur discovered in Brazil.

Where is the Dinosaur Museum?

Minas Gerais dinosaur museum

Photo: Neto Talmeli

Peirópolis is located near the BR-262 highway and is about 20 kilometers from the city center. It stood out at the beginning of the last century as a limestone producer. Today, what attracts tourists is the Dinosaur Museum, an attraction created because of the fossils found there.

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The rural region was named in honor of Frederico Peiró, a supporter of the spiritist doctrine who, in 1911, founded two factories for the extraction of limestone that employed about 150 workers, who were dedicated to sending the production to São Paulo via railway.

After the railroad used was deactivated, the region only regained prominence when dinosaur fossils began to be revealed and unearthed.

Paleontological discoveries began in the 1940s, which ensured a new interest in the surroundings. That's when the fossilized bones were found during the works to straighten the Mogiana Company's line.

A systematic and careful excavation began in the region of Caieira between 1949 and 1961. Hundreds of bones belonging to the Upper Cretaceous period (100 to 65 million years ago), linked to the group of titanosaurs, began to appear then.

This was the first Indian dinosaur to be named and properly described, having been first recorded in 1877. The type species, T. indicus, was named in 1877 and the second, T. blanfordi, in 1879. Both received their identifications. by the English naturalist Richard Lydekker (1849 – 1915). T. indicus and T. blanfordi are estimated to have existed around 70 million years ago.

The entire collection of fossils obtained by the paleontologist and his assistants, over about three decades, became part of the collection of the Earth Sciences Museum of the National Department of Mineral Production (DNPM), in Rio de Janeiro.

Thanks to the remains found, Uberaba became known worldwide as the “Land of the Dinosaurs of Brazil”, since it concentrates the largest amount of species found throughout the national territory. All fossils cataloged are exceptionally well preserved and have a unique quantity and diversity. Visitors can find the museum's collection spread over two spaces and enjoy replicas of animals in the gardens.

How much does the Dinosaur Museum cost?

Minas Gerais dinosaur museum

Photo: Neto Talmeli

Peirópolis is the place that heads the macro-project Uberaba Geopark – Land of Giants, dedicated to the development of sustainable tourism in the region, aiming to obtain official approval from Unesco. Recent improvements in the accessibility of the site, in tourist signage, in the inclusion of the community and students, and in the monitoring of the flow of visitation were carried out and obtained the approval of the community and visitors thanks to the efforts of entities such as the Municipality of Uberaba, its partners UFTM, Sebrae, ABCZ, Fiemg, Comtur and other educational institutions.

The Geopark encompasses the entire municipality of Uberaba. With the creation of the attraction, named Geopark Uberaba – Land of Giants, the fossils will gain a new application, “not limited only to scientific knowledge, but can contribute to socioeconomic and cultural development, thus enabling sustainable regional development through of geotourism”, as explained on the city's website.

If you intend to take the little ones, always eager to meet the prehistoric giants so propagated by the films, take advantage of the free entrance. There are guided tours where explanations are given about the fossils found and the replicas present in the museum and gardens.

Sustainable tourism is a constant concern for the Peirópolis Geosite. Take the opportunity to appreciate the explanatory panels on the evolution of the species and dioramas that reconstitute the scenarios of life, animals and plants that inhabited the region. The garden has a popular lawn for events such as picnics, yoga practices and sky observation, in addition to hosting regional festivities such as the Winter Festival. Tourists also have restaurants, snack bars and inns suitable for those who enjoy the quiet of country life.

There are still waterfalls and trails that seek communion with nature. The region has a modest community that, with an eye on the future, seeks to adapt to modern tourism and serve visitors well.

How to get to Peirópolis (Uberaba)

There are several bus lines that depart from various points in Uberaba to Peirópolis. The journey takes on average between 30 and 110 minutes to arrive. Check your accommodation location and check where to catch the bus online.

By car from Uberlândia the time is approximately 1h40. The distance of the road route to reach Peirópolis is 130.26 kilometers.

Find out about the museum's opening hours before you go. The establishment was closed for a long time because of the pandemic.

+ info:

Dinosaur Museum

Br 262 Km 785, R. Estanislau Collenghi, 194, Uberaba – MG, 38039-755
Phone: (34) 3338-1526
Official site

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