Description: The Messel open-pit mine is considered as an important witness to the developmental history of vertebraes. Within it is documented the time from 57 (Tertiary) to 36 (Eocene) million years ago, and how the animal and plant kingdom on earth changed after the saurian extinction. The unusually well preserved fossils in shale at Messel encompass the entire spectrum of living organisms of those epochs in diverse species and quality, that are not documented in any other place of discovery in the world.
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