This fossil site is located at the south-eastern tip of the
island of Newfoundland, in eastern Canada. It consists of a narrow, 17
km-long strip of rugged coastal cliffs. Of deep marine origin, these
cliffs date to the Ediacaran Period (580-560 million years ago),
representing the oldest known assemblages of large fossils anywhere.
These fossils illustrate a watershed in the history of life on earth:
the appearance of large, biologically complex organisms, after almost
three billion years of micro-dominated evolution.