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Messel Pit Fossil Site UNESCO World Heritage Site

Messel Pit Fossil Site UNESCO World Heritage Site
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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Messel Pit Fossil Site is located a few kilometers outside Darmstadt. UNESCO states that Messel Pit is the richest site in the world for understanding the living environment of the Eocene, between 57 million and 36 million years ago. In particular, it provides unique information about the early stages of the evolution of mammals and includes exceptionally well-preserved mammal fossils, ranging from fully articulated skeletons to the contents of stomachs of animals of this period. Messel has a small railway station on the Darmstadt – Aschaffenburg line. From the station it is about a 20-minute walk (there is no bus) out of town to the south. The Site is open from the start of April to the end of October.

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