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The other fossils found with ‘missing link’ Ida

Ida, the 47 million year-old ‘missing link’ was found in a veritable treasure chest of other fossils.

But Ida is just one of thousands of fossils recovered from the Messel pit. It is a disused quarry near the village of Messel, about 20 miles south-east of Frankfurt. Bituminous shale was mined there, but because of its plethora of fossils, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995.

Yet it is the richest fossil site in the world for understanding the early development of mammals – and therefore ultimately man himself.

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