Ribadesella always has a new surprise in this of the geological eras and of the paleontological traces, as if the earth's crust had concentrated all its remote treasures in this council and wanted to turn it into its permanent museum. Now, it is no longer just the Magdalenian, nor the Quaternary, the Jurassic ... we add the period Ordovician and we keep digging.
Very close to Museo El Carmen
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Map: how to get to Museo El Carmen
In the Museo del Carmen you can visit a permanent exhibition, the "Ordovícico del Fabar" collection. The discovery has been the result of a coincidence of the new times. A few years ago, the layout of the Cantábrico Highway and the drilling of the Fabar tunnel brought to light an immense discovery of this geological era. Paradoxically, the current excavating machines are functional replicas of the most numerous organisms that have been found in the Fabar: trilobites, famous for their excavations and burials in the mud in search of microorganisms. So the thing is tunnels and evolution seems clear: humans are trilobites in power and we tunnel to find the shortest path and move forward in search of commerce, culture, leisure, gastronomy ...
Most of the life forms found in the tunnel result ultraprimitive. Almost all of them were already known: the mentioned trilobites, diploporites, graptolites, chitinozoophores, caraconchas molluscs, bellerofonthidae gastropods and a long etcetera. However, at the same time that they gained meters underground, the students used their instruments in more than a hundred points of the subsoil, witnessing live an authentic rain of fossils of all sizes and shapes.
Paleontological surveys, as well as the subsequent scrutiny and "crushing" - of nearly two hundred tons of slate rock - allowed us to confirm that about 500 million years ago, back in the Paleozoic, there were more bugs than you would expect. At that time the sea invaded the mainland of the continents. An age immemorial passed by water in which vertebrates made their appearance as aquatic animals; the corals and the trilobites themselves also appeared. A marine reign that was somewhat comparable to that of the dinosaurs in the terrestrial ecosystems of the Jurassic and Cretaceous.
The good thing is that some of the fossils found in the Fabar break more than one scientific scheme, are problematic and do not seem to fit in the known typologies. They are known about when and where they lived, but it is unknown what they were in reality. Among all the inhabitants of the tunnel, nothing less than 14 new species for science, highlighting surprising and unknown cylindrical structures, with a narrow slot that crosses them. A whole find baptized as Tunelia riosellana so that something stays at home.
As we see, the heaps and piles of slate extracted from the tunnel hid a great reward. However, the classification work was not easy. Neither was the transport to the Geominero Museum of Madrid of tons and tons of rock, nor the subsequent laboratory analysis. The research is now over four years old and, of course, it is not yet finished. The mysteries of the Ordovician life in Ribadesella are numerous and of a scope yet to be determined, but the site is already cited as one of the most important in the world and is creating a good number of scientific expectations.
The researchers have highlighted in a recent document that the Fabar tunnel allows us to venture many things about the environment of that period, because their tastings have managed to identify a huge volcanic eruption, some tsunami of the time, the oldest oil of the Iberian Peninsula and ultramicroscopic organisms that have only come to see with near 20.000 increases.
Where is the museum?
A sample of this important finding is exposed in the Schools of Carmen. The exhibition is organized in two different rooms. In the first, the work of the tunnel is reviewed, the geological cartography of the tunnel and the climatic conditions of the planet earth in those immemorial years are described. The second room exposes and explains the types of fossils found in the Fabar. All of them keep that enimágtico aspect that the antiquity grants him. At first sight one can appreciate its distance and lack of kinship with the current zoological groups. We also understand at a first glance that the diversity of Ordovician organisms of the Fabar is more than considerable, the same as the hundreds of traces left by the behavior of these critters: walking, crawling, digging, resting ... And then there are the larvae, the empty shells of organisms that completed their life cycle, the remains of molts when they were growing, and so on.
In El Carmen we can also discover the true merit of these illustrious ancestors in relation to the evolution of the spices. The eyes of the trilobites, for example, represent the oldest known fossil visual system, keeping a certain resemblance to that of the current insects.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com
Information of interestDirection:
El Carmen Museum (Old Schools)
El Carmen s / n - 33569, Ribadesella
Telephone: 985 86 15 63