Search Our Site by Keyword

This article has been visited 1,913 times

Cabra Jurassic exhibition in Cabra Municipality in Córdoba Province Andalucia

By Nick Nutter | 24 Jan 2018
Belemnite Take a closer look A succession of sediments Ammonite fossil

Otherwise known as the Cabra fossil museum, this exposition is based on the geology of the nearby Parque Natural de las Sierras Subbéticas, a stunningly beautiful spur of the Cordillera Bética.

The exhibition is a couple of rooms tucked away in the Centro Municipal Integrado on the east side of town. You enter through the main door to the centre on Calle Manuel Mora Mazorriaga and then look for an information office on your left. Tell the occupant you are looking for Cabra Jurassic. You will be escorted to the exhibition, and, if you are the only visitors as we were, the door will be unlocked and you will be asked to let the custodian know when you leave.

The Sierra Subbéticas began as a layer of sediment at the bottom of the Tethys Sea. Between 250 million years ago and 100 million years ago, a period primarily called the Jurassic, hence the name of the exhibition, a layer of Triassic clay was successively covered by marls, limestones and dolomite. As the African tectonic plate pushed its way north into the European plate the Tethys Sea closed and the Cordillera Bética mountain range was pushed up into the air.

The sedimentary rocks started to erode at different rates depending on their hardness and rain ran into fissures in the rocks dissolving the limestone as it went. Massive caverns were created beneath the surface. The result is the karstic landscape seen today. The exhibition clearly describes and illustrates how this all occurred.

However, the most remarkable exhibits are the fossils, largely from the Jurassic, ammonites (with coiled shell) and belemnites (with a cone shaped shell). These creatures populated the seas for hundreds of millions of years and grew to over 2 metres in diameter. Most became extinct along with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago but one survivor thrives today, the nautilus. The Jurassic exhibition has an area where these exquisite creatures can be examined beneath microscopes. An ingenious computer generated display shows them swimming in shoals as if in a modern day aquarium.

We Welcome Your Comments

We'll never share your email with anyone else.

Please add together 4 + 7 =

Approved Comments

Submitted by Paul Mortlock on 9 Oct 2017
Very interesting and informative .Thank you.

Support our Businesses

You may also enjoy reading .....

Castle and Tourist Office at Cabra

Book your Holiday


Please prove you are human add 6 + 5 =

NEWSLETTER Subscription

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive our Newsletters

Please prove you are human add 9 + 1 =

If you liked this article you may be interested in ....

The Rock from Bottom to Top
by Nick Nutter & Julie Evans
Gibraltar - The Rock from Bottom to Top
Buy NOW on Buy The Rock from Bottom to Top on Amazon
Mr Henderson’s Railway
by Nick Nutter & Julie Evans
Mr Henderson’s Railway - Algeciras to Ronda
Buy NOW on Buy Mr Henderson's Railway on Amazon
The Road to Manilva
by Nick Nutter & Julie Evans
The Road to Manilva
Buy NOW on Buy The Road To Manilva on Amazon
The Sherry Triangle
by Nick Nutter & Julie Evans
The Sherry Triangle
Buy NOW on Buy The Sherry Triangle on Amazon