Miguasha National Park, Nouvelle

Miguasha National Park is a protected area near Carleton-sur-Mer on the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec in Canada. Created in 1985 by the Government of Quebec, Miguasha was designated a World Heritage Site in 1999 in recognition of its wealth of fossils, which display a crucial time during the evolution of life on Earth. Other names for this site are the Miguasha Fossil Site, the Bay of Escuminac Fossil Site, the Upper Devonian Escuminac Formation, and the Hugh-Miller Cliffs. It is also sometimes referred to on fossil specimens as 'Scaumenac Bay' or 'Scaumenac Bay P.Q.'Miguasha Natural History MuseumThe park's museum features exhibits about the fossils and paleontology of the park. The museum's collection includes over 9000 specimens of fossil fish and plants.GeologyThe coastal cliffs are Upper Devonian strata of grey sedimentary rock. They are composed of alternating layers of sandstone and shale, which are 350–375 million years old. The area today supports mainly birch, aspen, and fir forests.Palaeontological significanceSome of the fish, fauna, and spore fossils found at Miguasha are rare and ancient species. For example, Spermasposita is thought to be one of the oldest flowering plant genera on Earth.
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  • This museum is the largest in the world with all its fossil fish from the Devonian period. The recent discovery of the ´roi of miguasha '' is extraordinary for the understanding of evolution. The tour is interesting super made by friendly and very professional people passionate and exciting to do absolutely
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  • This park was not even on our list of places to visit. We stopped because we were staying at a B&B right down the road. What we learned at this site and museum was amazing. I knew some about the movem...  more »
  • The museum itself would have earned 5 points, the exhibition is really interesting and there are many exhibits. What ever did not like us, is the loop trail. Initially below on the beach is still interesting and is very boring. There are only in conscience intervals signs in the forest where the evolution is shown again. The view from the cliff is nice, gets you somewhere else but for free. We have us anyway, it irritated $8,50 to have this additional output.
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