Berlin_ Ichthyosaur State Park - Hiking & Backpacking


Berlin–Ichthyosaur State Park is a state park of Nevada, United States, preserving several undisturbed ichthyosaur fossils of the species Shonisaurus popularis, as well as the early-20th-century ghost town of Berlin. The 1,540-acre (620 ha) park is located 23 miles (37 km) east of Gabbs in far northwestern Nye County, approximately 150 miles (240 km) east of Reno. The ichthyosaur fossils were designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973. Ichthyosaur fossils were first discovered in the area in 1928. Excavations were conducted through the 1960s, and the remains of approximately 40 ichthyosaurs were found. Until 2004, these remains included the largest ichthyosaurs ever discovered. Several specimens were left where they were found (in situ), and can be viewed by the public. These specimens are protected from the elements by a large barn. The fossils are about a 10-minute drive from Berlin Ghost Town.

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