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 Ediacaran 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. © UNESCO
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An outstanding record of a critical milestone in the history of life on Earth “when life got big”
development of trail infrastructure to enhance visitor safety and reduce ecological impacts (Nomination dossier, 2016).
Reserve (Nomination dossier, 2016).
IUCN. (2016). World Heritage Nomination – IUCN Technical Evaluation, Mistaken Point (Canada). In: IUCN World Heritage Evaluations 2016, IUCN Evaluations of nominations of natural and mixed properties to the World Heritage List. WHC/16/40.COM/INF.8B2. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.