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Milodon Cave Natural Monument, (located 24 kilometers northwest of Puerto Natales)

This was declared a Historical Monument in 1968 and it has now applied for the category of Natural Monument.

This Natural Monument is formed by three caverns and a rocky formation called "Silla del Diablo" ("Devil's Seat"). The largest cavern is 150 meters above sea level, and its dimensions are 30 meters high by 50 m. wide and 200 m. deep.

The scientific interest of this place is due to the discovery in 1896 of skin, bones and other remains from an extinct animal, the MYLODON (Mylodon darwini), a huge herbivore that probably became extinct around the end of the Pleistocene period.

Researchers have determined that the Mylodon survived until around 5,000 years ago, together with other animals such as the Dwarf Horse, the Saber-Tooth Tiger and the Great Guanaco, also called Macrauchenia.

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- Photography: The National Park and Cueva del Milodón are highly interesting places for photographers due to their singular scenic beauty.

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