"Unesco World Heritage: Monte San Giorgio"
||Michel: 1894 Scott: 1186
Yvert: 100c UPU: CH022.04
|Stamps in set
||1 CHF - Unesco World Heritage: Monte San
|Size (width x height)
||32.5 x 27.5 mm
||One Minisheet with 6 stamps
||FDC x1 MS
||13 x 14.4
This pyramid-shaped, wooded mountain between the southern arms of Lake
Lugano is the best fossil record of marine life from the Triassic
Period (230-245 million years ago), when a lagoon covered the area, the
area had a tropical climate and a sea full of coral, fish,
(long-necked) reptiles and turtle-like creatures. The fossils of these
animals were found well preserved in what had been a sea basin.
long history of study of the site, and the disciplined management of
the resource have created a well documented and catalogued body of
specimens of exceptional quality - fish, ammonites, crustaceans but
also reptiles, insects and plants. Monte San Giorgio provides the
principal point of reference, relevant to future discoveries of marine
Triassic remains throughout the world.
mines were dug at Monte San Giorgio in the 2nd half of the 19th
century, to extract oil from butuminous shale, the fossils were
discovered. Over 10.000 specimens have been found. They include large
skeletons of vertrebrae up to 6 metres long. The quality of
preservation is very high and a number of 'first discoveries' of
species have been made here.
site can be compared to Ischigualasto / Talampaya (same period, but not
marine) and Dorset and East Devon Coast (partly same period, but not
the same quality/quantity). Ideally, the site should be extended into
Italy, as many important findings were discovered there.
fossils are displayed in museums in Zuerich and Lugano, and in the
local area (Meride, Besano, Induna Olona).
Note: Some time this stamp is sold on some internet auctions
and shops together with another set "Unesco
World Heritage: Switzerland" from 2003, MiNr: 1846-1850
(official FDC of La Poste on the left and FDC of Monte
San Giorgio's museum on the right side)
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Last update 10.12.2017
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