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New Wonders of the World: Chengjiang Fossil Site

UNESCO/ Chengjiang Fossil National Geopark Management Commitee

Chengjiang Fossil Site, China

China’s Yunnan province is rich with fossils from the early Cambrian period, dating back nearly 530 million years to a period when most of earth’s major animal groups developed. Well-preserved fossils show both soft and hard tissues from more than 196 identified species in what was once a marine ecosystem here. Many of the fossils are still a mystery.

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