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N.L.’s Mistaken Point profiled in Smithsonian magazine

Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve. –Photo submitted by Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism.
Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve. –Photo submitted by Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism.

Newfoundland’s Mistaken Point is renowned for its collections of Precambrian fossils.

Now Smithsonian, the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has chronicled the site in a major piece for its readers.

Smithsonian deputy editor Terence Monmancy and Canadian photographer Neil Ever Osborne travelled to the province for the piece, which is titled “Darwin Would Have Loved the Cliffs of Newfoundland, Where 500-Million-Years-Old Fossils Reside.”

Located on the southeastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula, Mistaken Point was announced as UNESCO World Heritage Site last year. Fossils there help illustrate how changed from microbial organisms to complex large organisms. 

“What’s so amazing about Mistaken Point is that the ancient imponderable drama is still unfolding right on the bedding plane, and you can touch it,” Monmancy writes.

The article is in the April issue of Smithsonian and also available online.

You can read it in its entirety and view Osborne’s accompanying photos here.

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