New Wonders of the World
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.