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China's Chengjiang Fossil site makes UN heritage list

07-02-2012 09:59 BJT

Chengjiang Fossil site, located in Yuxi, Yunnan province, was discovered in 1984

This site contains remains of 200 species of marine creatures up to 530 million years old

It was included World Heritage List at 36th World Heritage Conference

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China’s Chengjiang Fossil site has been approved to join the World Heritage List at the 36th World Heritage Conference held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

This is China’s first fossil site to be included. So far, 43 Chinese sites have been recorded on the list. Discovered in 1984, the site contains the remains of 200 species of marine creatures up to 530 million years old.

That makes it one of the most striking discoveries of ancient life in the 20th century. The fossil site is considered to be the best window to date into the marine life and ecological systems of the Cambrian period.

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Archaeologist clean a trilobite fossil at Chengjiang animal fossile museum in Chengjiang
County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, July 1, 2012. The Chengjiang Fossil of China
was included into the World Heritage List at the 36th World Heritage Conference held in St.
Petersburg, Russia on Sunday. (Xinhua/Qin Qing)

Photo taken on July 1, 2012 shows the exhibition hall of Chengjiang animal fossile museum
in Chengjiang County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province. The Chengjiang Fossil of China
was included into the World Heritage List at the 36th World Heritage Conference held in St.
Petersburg, Russia on Sunday. (Xinhua/Qin Qing)

Photo taken on June 18, 2012 shows the Chengjiang Fossile in Chengjiang County, southwest
China’s Yunnan Province. The Chengjiang Fossil of China was included into the World
Heritage List at the 36th World Heritage Conference held in St. Petersburg, Russia on
Sunday. (Xinhua/Qin Qing)

 

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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