World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 0.7 (176 votes)

Monte San Giorgio Fossil Site

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Switzerland.

Pin It

The pyramid-shaped, wooded mountain (1,096 m above sea level), to the south of Lake Lugano in Canton Ticino 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 to land, the fossil remains also include some land-based fossils including reptiles, insects and plants. The result is a fossil resource of great richness.

Copyright © UNESCO/World Heritage Centre. All rights reserved.

Read more about this place.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • Machu Picchu

    The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful ancient site…

  • Tikal

    The largest of the ancient Classic Mayan cities is spread out within the El Peten rainforest, in Northeastern Guatemala. The a…

  • Petra

    I sighed and handed over my 55 Dinar ($77USD) to the man at the ticket counter; a hefty sum for an otherwise budget friendly co…

Nearby Experiences

  • Lake Lugano

    Italy's balmy Lake District is known for its great fjord-like lakes: Como, Lugano, Garda and Maggiore. Lake Lugano at the Swiss…

  • The Bernina Express

    Beginning near the warm, Italianate shores of Lugano and Como and winding over the Bernina Pass between picturesque alpine vill…

  • Villa Carlotta

    17th Century, pale, square and terrace trimmed on the outside with an grand approach of fountains, statues and fancy staircases…

Related links

Contribute to this page