Of the work needed to open to the public the Las Aguilas paleontological site, where researchers discovered 207 fossilized dinosaur footprints left 72 million years ago, some 30 percent has been completed, Mexico's archaeological authority said.

This progress can be seen in the construction of a building to hold an information center, the creation of a botanical garden and service areas, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said in a communique.

For six years the INAH has been developing with the communities of Ejido de Porvenir de Jalpa, in the municipality of General Cepeda where Las Aguilas is located, a project for managing the site, located in the northern state of Coahuila.

Paleontologist and site supervisor Felisa Aguilar said the access area, some 3 kilometers (almost 2 miles) from the dinosaur tracks, is where the information center is being readied.

The design by Norma Delgado, collaborating architect from the Monuments Section of the INAH-Coahuila Center, sought to integrate her building with its natural surroundings.

The information center will provide explanations about every aspect of the dinosaurs that left their tracks there during the Cretaceous period, together with facts obtained from the study of the footprints and the bone fragments found scattered around the site.

Next to the information center will be a store where visitors can buy souvenirs related to the paleontological site and made by members of the local communities.

Also designed for the access area is a botanical garden with cacti and other plants characteristic of the region. EFE