Messel Pit Fossil Site, Messel

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Messel Pit Fossil Site is quarry filled an enormous number of well-preserved fossils. When miners were excavating the site for bituminous shale, the fossils--including birds, insects, reptiles, fish, hedgehogs, primates, and pangolins--came to light. Archeological discoveries are still being made here. You can tour the pit and the museum, but if you can't read German, consider hiring an English-speaking guide. Before you head to Messel, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Messel tour planning tool , to make sure you see all that Messel has to offer, including Messel Pit Fossil Site.
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  • There are 2 places of interests here: the Visitor Center and the actual site. The Visitor center has a nice education presentation of the site. You will have a chance to see around 20-30 actuals...  more »
  • If you are expecting to see thousands of fossils, this is not the place for you! Grube Messel is a very interesting and detailed exhibition of the geological past of the pit, where coincidentally...  more »
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