Mistaken Point, Canada’s Unique UNESCO World Heritage Site; WorldAtlas.com


Canada – Mistaken Point

Famous as the site of Ediacaran fossils representing the oldest multicellular life on Earth, the Mistaken Point is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mistaken Point is a Canadian headland located on Avalon Peninsula of the Newfoundland and Labrador. The site was named Mistaken Point since it was often believed to be Cape Race in foggy weather. Sailors making this mistake would turn north and run into dangerous rocks. The Mistaken Point is a UNESCO World Heritage Site today, famous as a site for the Ediacaran fossils representing the oldest multicellular life on earth. The assemblage is the oldest diverse multicellular organisms yet to be described anywhere in the world.

Discovery Of The Fossils

Mistaken Point is known worldwide for the fossils naturally preserved here in a unique way. The fossils were preserved by the blanketed layer of fine volcanic ash.

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