Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, Portugal Cove

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Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve is a wilderness area located at the southeastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada which contains the Mistaken Point Formation, the site of Ediacaran fossils representing the oldest multicellular life on Earth.The first fossil to be found in the area, Fractofusus misrai, was discovered in June 1967 by Shiva Balak Misra, an Indian graduate student studying geology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The reserve was first established provisionally by the provincial government in 1984 and was permanently designated in 1987. It was later expanded in 2009 after further fossil discoveries.The fossil sites along the shore within the reserve were inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list on July 17, 2016.
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  • I enjoyed my visit to Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve. The weather was so windy the fossil hike was cancelled for the day. That being said, the staff was very friendly and gave me good tips on visit...  more »
  • A recent unesco addition, mistaken point is well worth the visit! A group of us staying in St. John's Newfoundland got a recommendation from another traveler to check it out. We were in luck, and had ...  more »
  • Sometimes you can travel geographically and time trip at the same instant. This site will take you back to the very beginnings of our planet. We didn't book ahead (a must!) to get the guided walking t...  more »