Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Miguasha National Park - CANADA - UNESCO #686

Recently the Canadian post offices sent a special edition series of postcards with some of the UNESCO sites in that country. My good friend Jason promised to send me one of each and today I got the first one showing Miguasha National Park, in east Quebec(a place I've never heard about and, according to the message he wrote it's unknown to Jason as well), famous for the fossils Devonian Period. Thanks a lot for this wonderful card, the 390th WHS in my list, only 591 to complete the collection. This postcard took 6 days to arrive!  
UNESCO #686 - Miguasha National Park, Quebec - CANADA
The palaeontological site of Miguasha National Park, in south-eastern Quebec on the southern coast of the Gaspé peninsula, is considered to be the world's most outstanding illustration of the Devonian Period known as the 'Age of Fishes'. Dating from 370 million years ago, the Upper Devonian Escuminac Formation represented here contains five of the six fossil fish groups associated with this period. Its significance stems from the discovery there of the highest number and best-preserved fossil specimens of the lobe-finned fishes that gave rise to the first four-legged, air-breathing terrestrial vertebrates – the tetrapods.

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