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Italy, Switzerland, Monte San Giorgio

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Location between the south of canton Ticino in Switzerland and the region of Lombardy in Italy
Coordinates N45 53 20 E8 54 50
Property 1,089 ha
Date of Inscription 2003

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The pyramid-shaped, wooded mountain of Monte San Giorgio beside Lake Lugano is regarded as the best fossil record of marine life from the Triassic Period (245–230 million years ago). The sequence records life in a tropical lagoon environment, sheltered and partially separated from the open sea by an offshore reef. Diverse marine life flourished within this lagoon, including reptiles, fish, bivalves, ammonites, echinoderms and crustaceans. Because the lagoon was near land, the remains also include land-based fossils of reptiles, insects and plants, resulting in an extremely rich source of fossils.

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