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Picture of the day: Renovations at Egypt's only natural heritage site on UNESCO Heritage List, Wadi Al-Hitan

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Wadi El-Hitan, Egypt’s only natural heritage site on the UNESCO World Heritage List, resembles a lunar landscape dotted with fossils of species over 40 million years old. The entire site resembles an open-air museum with marked trails and itineraries that visitors can follow to admire the fossils and rock formations that extend over a vast area.

Egyptians working on the Basilosaurus isis whale fossil, the biggest ever discovered from this species at approximately 18 metres long.   “Wadi El-Hitan is the most important site in the world to demonstrate one of the iconic changes that make up the record of life on Earth: the evolution of the whales. It portrays vividly their form and mode of life during their transition from land animals to a marine existence” – The World Heritage Committee.

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