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A Narrow Scape from Becoming a Refuse Dump: Messel Pit Fossil Site. ©NHK/UNESCO-TV 1995
A Narrow Scape from Becoming a Refuse Dump: Messel Pit Fossil Site

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Messel Pit is the richest site in the world for understanding the living environment of the Eocene, between 57 million and 36 million years ago. In particular, it provides unique information about the early stages of the evolution of mammals and includes exceptionally well-preserved mammal fossils, ranging from fully articulated skeletons to the contents of stomachs of animals of this period.

on this subject: WHC documentation about this site

Place/region: Messel Pit, Germany, Europe
Series: NHK World Heritage 100
Type: Documentary
Production: NHK, producer. UNESCO WHC, sponsor ; UNESCO TV, sponsor.
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