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The Exceptional Fossil Site of Las Hoyas (SPAIN) from an Educational Perspective

Abstract : The paleontological heritage of the fossil site of Las Hoyas (Early Cretaceous of Cuenca, Spain) is becoming a relevant part of the sociocultural identity of Castilla-La Mancha autonomous community in general, and of Cuenca province in particular. The most recent scientific advances, including several fossil findings that have had high scientific impact, have made Las Hoyas to regularly be the center of attention in the local, national, and international media, especially since the reinterpretation of the paleoecosystem represented by the locality published in 2010. These results have led to a renaissance of the interest of the society for this unique site. As a consequence, Las Hoyas has been declared Site of Cultural Interest by the regional government, in the form of paleontological zone. This recognition, which grants the locality with the highest level of protection, sets a legal framework for the educative initiatives developed at this locality, which can be categorized as non-formal education, formal education, and Social Paleontology.
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Hugo Martín Abad, Candela Blanco Moreno, Sandra Barrios de Pedro, Jesus Marugan-Lobon, Francisco José Poyato Ariza, et al.. The Exceptional Fossil Site of Las Hoyas (SPAIN) from an Educational Perspective. Geoheritage, 2018, 10 (3), pp.463-472. ⟨10.1007/s12371-017-0270-z⟩. ⟨insu-01644412⟩



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