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Mistaken Point
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Mistaken Point

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Rank: 1001 UNESCO
Wonder Type: Natural
Country: Canada
Best of: Fossils
Description:
This fossil site is located at the south-eastern tip of the island of Newfoundland, in eastern Canada. It consists of a narrow, 17 km-long strip of rugged coastal cliffs. Of deep marine origin, these cliffs date to the Edicarean Period (580-560 million years ago), representing the oldest known assemblages of large fossils anywhere. These fossils illustrate a watershed in the history of life on earth: the appearance of large, biologically complex organisms, after almost three billion years of micro-dominated evolution. 
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Mistaken Point", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.