Why is Miguasha National Park historically important?
Miguasha National Park is the most outstanding fossil site in the world from the standpoint of its representation of vertebrate life and its illustration of the Devonian period known as the Age of Fishes.
Located in Canada, on the east coast of Quebec, Miguasha National Park protects and presents a rock formation with a rich fossil heritage recognized for the large number of exceptionally well-preserved fossil specimens it contains which are representative of the Devonian period. Dating from 370 million years ago, it has five of the six fossil fish groups associated with this period.
It was discovered there the highest number and best-preserved fossil specimens of the lobe-finned fishes that gave rise to the first four-legged, air-breathing terrestrial vertebrates – the tetrapods.