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january 2005
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june 2010

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Location description

At the coast of the Maltese island of Gozo, you can find various fossils, including sea urchins. The limestone is from the Miocene and Oligocene (part of the Neogene and Paleogene periods). De layers in Malta dip to the northwest.

In caves bones of hippo's, dwarf elephants, and other Pleistocene mammals have been found.

In the Natural History Museum in Victoria you can see exhibitions about evolution, geology and fossils.

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Detail of a sea urchin in the rocks near Dwejra on Gozo. Photo: A.N. van Daatselaar
Added by: admin on 14-03-2012

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You can travel to Gozo from the main island by ferry. On Gozo, and also on the main island you can find the fossils in the limestones. I.e. Xwejni Bay.

Some layers are very fossiliferous. In other layers there ony are small plantonic foraminifers. Most rock are quite solid. The sea urchins are very fragile.

Note! Collecting fossils in Malta is officially forbidden.

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Sea urchins, bivalves, gastropods, foraminifers and sometimes shark teeth.

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Museum: Museum of Natural History Malta


Thanks to A.N. van Daatselaar for sending this description.

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