Mistaken mystique

21 Nov 2010

Mistaken Point is a remarkable place, some might even call it magical.

It's a rocky headland at the tip of the Avalon Peninsula. Etched onto two shelves of stone are the remnants of ancient creatures that lived more than 560 million years ago.

The Mistaken Point fossils are like cryptic messages from the distant past. They were once primitive animals that lived at the bottom of the ocean. The volcanic ash that killed them also, miraculously, preserved them.

The fossils spark deep thoughts - about the fragility of life and the mysteries of creation. They are an inspiration to both artists and scientists. In fact, Mistaken Point seems to cast a spell on everyone who goes there.

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