The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of Monte San Giorgio with a portfolio of photos by Peter Howard from a visit in June 2019. The highlight of the visit was the new Museum of Fossils from Monte San Giorgio in the village of Meride on the Swiss side of the border. This state-of-the-art privately-funded museum, located in a carefully preserved historic building, features life-size models, interactive displays, 3-D cinematography, and a host of stunning fossil exhibits. The exhibition focuses on the fossil communities found in five different fossil-bearing strata from the Middle Triassic at Monte San Giogio. One floor of the museum building is devoted to the (slightly older) Besano Formation, and another to the younger fossils of the Meride Formation. A third floor of the exhibition space is devoted to fossils from quarries around Arzo, which lie outside the world heritage site, and belong to the Jurassic period, 50-60 million years later.
Apart from the stunning exhibits at the museum, the slideshow illustrates the broader landscape features of the area, with some distant views of Monte San Giorgio from the other side of the lake, as well as details from geo-palaeontological walking trails with information panels that have been established on both sides of the border.