Beauté stupéfiante

Beauté stupéfiante

Le site allie énorme intérêt scientifique et nature magnifique.

En caractères tifinagh

En caractères tifinagh

Anza, écrit avec les lettres berbères.

Traces

Traces

Leur intérêt provient aussi de leur diversité.

Netteté

Netteté

On croit voir les dinosaures et leurs trois doigts cheminer au bord de l'océan...

Panneau

Panneau

En anglais, en français et en arabe.

Curiosité scientifique

Curiosité scientifique

Les étudiants du Département géologie de l'Université allemande de Münster.

Jardin de plantes bio
Riad El Aïssi Taroudant


Anza beach: rare dinosaur footprints

Spectacular and rare dinosaur footprints were discovered on Anza beach, a district in the north of Agadir, an hour's drive from our villa , on the road to Essaouira. Identified in 2013 and, for the last of them, in 2015, they are easily accessible. They are found on rocks that are flush with the surface, for a distance of about 300 meters. The site is the most important of its kind in Morocco. To visit at low tide and preferably between the months of February and August, when the sand does not cover the footprints!
Theropodes
Theropodes

En comparaison de l'homo sapiens.

Ptérosaure
Ptérosaure

Le ptéranodon ("ailes sans dents") en faisait partie.

Queue et pattes
Queue et pattes

Selon le gardien du site, la marque de droite est la trace de la queue d'un dinosaure et celles de gauche montrent ses pattes.

Gardien bénévole
Gardien bénévole

Il vous expliquera avec passion les traces des théropodes et de ptérosaures.

Tortue géante
Tortue géante

Selon le gardien du site d'Anza, une équipe américaine a encore découvert cette empreinte fossile de tortue géante, en 2015.

Trois doigts pointés vers l'avant
Trois doigts pointés vers l'avant

Il s'agit bien de cheminements tridactyles.

Localisation exacte
Localisation exacte

Selon Google Maps.

Indications à même la pierre
Indications à même la pierre

Elles aident à confirmer que vous êtes au bon endroit.

Visite d'élèves d'Anza
Visite d'élèves d'Anza

es à Anza Moussa Masrour, professeur à Université Ibn Zohr Agadir, a été agréablement surpris du vif intérêt qu'ils ont manifesté pour la conservation de leur patrimoine géologique.

The popular tradition made them traces left by storks ... The truth broke in 2013, when a particularly strong swell hit the Atlantic coast and released more than 200 footprints, in large numbers and in excellent state of preservation.

Teams of scientists, both Moroccan and foreign, quickly identified them: they are traces of bipedal dinosaurs that left three-toed footsteps, that is to say formed of three fingers pointing forward.

These giants were mostly carnivorous theropods and pterosaurs (see illustrations above).

Among the scariest dinosaurs

Theropods are among the scariest dinosaurs. Allosaurs and Tyrannosaurs are one of them. They lived for 230 million years, until 66 million years ago. Pterosaurs were flying vertebrates.

According to experts, the dinosaurs whose footprints have been found lived in Anza 85 million years ago, during the Upper Cretaceous Age, and more precisely the Santonian Age. Teacher-researcher attached to the Laboratory of Applied Geology within the Faculty of Sciences of Agadir, Moussa Masrour emphasizes that this is the only rocky site in Morocco with footprints dating back to this geological era. It is even one of the few in Africa and even in the world.

The presence of very different animal footprints on a relatively small area contributes to making the Anza Geopark a site of great interest . It is also the longest dinosaur track site in the Kingdom. The dinosaurs have imprinted their tracks on at least six levels of gently sloping layers of limestone sandstone. We can thus identify several paths.

In 2015, a team of American scientists identified additional traces, and in particular a very recognizable giant tortoise fossil.

Two other sites not far from Agadir

Morocco is rich in sites related to dinosaurs , including that of Tazouda (Toundoute) .

The Agadir region has one, explored by scientists in the mid-twentieth century and located east of the city, in an area between Wadi Tamrarht and Amskroud, to the north.

In addition, construction work on the Agadir-Marrakech road revealed significant traces near Argana, between Imi n'Tanout and Agadir .

Unprotected site

The big problem with the Anza Geopark lies in the fact that the site, already very frequented by swimmers, is exposed to destruction and human degradation: theft and looting. We even saw a truck from the City of Agadir come to unload rubble ...

In addition to human risks, there are natural risks: erosion and the salinity of marine waters, which can deteriorate the quality of the traces.

Raising awareness among the local population should help preserve this unique and irreplaceable geological heritage. Only a guard, named Samir Benteyane , voluntarily watches over the protection of the site.

Passionate about the discovery made in his small town, this young Berber will welcome you in a very cordial and enthusiastic manner. Don't hesitate to strike up a conversation with him. It will provide you with all the information it has. But think again if he happens to risk the hypothesis that humans have been around these dinosaurs! If mammals lived with these monsters, humans did not appear on Earth until well, well, long after.

Warning: it is at low tide that the footprints are best visible!

No valuation yet

The Moroccan Association for Orientation and Scientific Research (AMORS) in Anza had a sign installed to inform visitors of the interest of the site, which legally falls within the maritime domain.

More broadly, the echo generated by the discoveries of 2013 and 2015 has so far not generated national support beyond the circle of interested scientists. However, the Ibn Zohr University of Agadir intends to promote the traces of these reptiles from another age, by establishing casts and descriptive sheets, in order to promote Anza from a scientific and tourist point of view.

Installations intended to enhance the site are being considered. Princess Lalla Salma, wife of King Mohammed VI, is committed in this direction. The Faculty of Science wants to organize a seminar, publish the results of the studies undertaken in a scientific journal and carry out a detailed three-dimensional mapping of the footprints. There is still a lot to do.

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In May 2018, the Moroccan authorities engaged in a strange competition: a ministry intended to protect the site by classifying it and another opened the door to the construction of a parking lot.

Anza's discoveries prompt the visit of scientific teams, Moroccan, but also Spanish, German and American. Go there while the site is still open to visitors! However, be careful not to twist your foot or fall. Caution is in order.

Entrance to the site free. Parking possibilities nearby.

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Phone number: +212 661 997 987

Email: amors.org@gmail.com

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Within one hour   from the Jardin aux Etoiles.
Google Maps indicates two variations.