Embedded in the planes of Mistaken Point’s titled and cleaved mudstone and sandstone, exposed by the pounding of the Atlantic waves, are fossils of the oldest and largest complex, multicellular life forms – found anywhere on Earth. Known to scientists as the Ediacara biota, they are creatures that lived 575 to 542 million years ago, when all life was in the sea. Guided tours are mandatory (early May – mid October) within Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve and are available by calling the interpretive Centre in Portugal Cove South, located in the southeastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula.

Note: Access to view the fossils is by guided tour or permit only. To book a tour please visit the Edge of Avalon Interpretive Centre or contact the Interpreters office by phone or email: 709.438.1011 and [email protected].

Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve A UNESCO World Heritage Site

77 Main Road, Portugal Cove South, NL

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Edge of Avalon Interpretive Centre
77 Main Road, Route 10
Portugal Cove South
Tel: 709.438.1011