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Old Bones in Darmstadt

By Linda Tancs

Germany’s first UNESCO World Natural Heritage site is a fossil pit near Darmstadt, the cultural capital of Hesse.  It’s not just any old fossil pit, mind you.  The Messel Pit is a thriving tribute to the Eocene Epoch over 47 million years ago with over 40,000 finds to date.  Relics include 30 complete skeletons, a prehistoric horse, hundreds of plant species and a wide assortment of fish, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates.  The pit is accessible via guided group tours or a viewing platform.


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