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Monte San Giorgio is a World Heritage Site located within the boundaries of Italy and Switzerland. It is a forested mountain beside Lake Lugano that is regarded has having the best fossil record of marine life from the Triassic Period (245 to 230 million years ago).


View of Monte San Giorgio in the background with Lake Lugano in front
View of Monte San Giorgio in the background with Lake Lugano in front
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authorshipRoland Zumbühl
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The fossils at Monte San Giorgio provide scientists with a better understanding of marine life in that period, when the area was a tropical lagoon. Among the fossils that have been discovered here include those of reptiles, fish, bivalves, ammonites, echinoderms and crustaceans.

Monte San Giorgio was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, on 29 June - 5 July, 2003.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 45 53 20 E 8 54 50 in Italy and Switzerland
Inscription Year: 2003, extended in 2010
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VIII
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