Once upon a time...
...some female carnivorous dinosaurs congregated every year to lay eggs in the sands close to a calm water lagoon. In this year, seven females had joined. Youngest of them had six meters of length, while the oldest one went up to around powerful eight meters. After choosing a small place close to the one that already had been used in the previous year, the first female laid a group of twenty eggs, each one with about 12 cm. The other females had imitated it during the remaining of the day, until the nest became a giant concentration of 180 eggs of carnivorous dinosaur. These dinosaurs protected the nest against egg eaters such as crocodiles, lizards and some other dinosaurs. Still thus, with care of not being detected by the dinosaurs, a crocodile of average size came close to that precious stack of eggs. Its intention was not to predate the nest and, quickly, it deposits its own eggs in the middle of the dinosaur's. By finishing it's task this way, this female crocodile left its offspring well protected by a group of carnivorous dinosaurs...
With this cache I want to show you the area where was found the biggest nest of dinosaurs eggs in the world and the only one where dinosaur's embryos was found in Europe. There, it was also found three eggs of crocodile which are known as being the oldest found until now. The palaeontologists believe that they were placed there to benefit of the Dinosaurs protection.
This cache was inspired in the monthly magazine named "CAIS" - September, 2003 edition and, also, I visited the web site Museu da Lourinhã. From them, I got to knew the TOPs hold by Portugal relating to dinosaurs and the reason why the west region has so many vestiges of dinosaurs - You can know it too if you visit this cache. I left there some documentation.
When I contacted Octávio Mateus, (OM)the Palaeontologist responsible for the Museu da Lourinhã, asking him the exact location of the spot where the eggs were found and authorization for the cache, he was so kind that appointed a meeting with me and, thus, we talked about geocaching and my intentions. After that, he led me to the nest's place and I placed the cache some meters away - He asked me not to publish the exact coords. of the nest but only give an approximate idea were it is - So, it is at about 15 to 30 meters at NNE from the cache place - Please don't dig the area. Just look and imagine how it was at about 150 millions years. If you find something strange (like a dino's bone or tooth) please contact the museum. During our conversations, OM became even more interested in geocaching and he's considering to join us! He also indicated the museum's future new site of and a blog spot site where one can contact him and ask about Palaeontology and Dinosaurs.
Park at N39º17.335 W09º20.530 and approach the area at N39º17.310 W09º20.370.
The cache's coords. acquisition conditions were: Satellites: 30 06W 14 05 25 09 24 17 04 EPE 6m . All coords. in wgs84.
Remember: Do not change the area in any way. The nests area's still in the process of exploration. OM allowed the placement of the cache and its visit under this conditions.
- Logbook, pen, stash note.
- Documentation in Portuguese about the area of Lourinhã and the theme of this cache: The nest of Paimogo and dinosaurs in Portugal in general.
- Some nice gifts including the "cousin" of my TB "Sonolento" and some gifts gave by OM to be placed in the cache (miniature of a dinosaur, some calendars of 2004 and a leaflet off the museum).
Don't forget: "Cache in, trash out" and Leave No Trace