Monte San Giorgio is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2003: Monte San Giorgio is best known for its geological treasures and preserved fossils, especially fish, invertebrates and marine reptiles of some rare species dating back to the Middle Triassic, about 230 million years ago. Since July 2 2003 Monte San Giorgio is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and since 2010 the recognition has also been linked to the Italian side.
Museo dei fossili di Meride The Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio has been renovated and expanded by the Swiss architect Mario Botta on behalf of the town of Meride. It is open to the public since 13 October 2012 and is located in the center of the village of Meride. To welcome the visitor to the new museum there is a compelling reconstruction of a terrestrial 2.8 meters long lizard Ticinosuchus. Watch the video of RSI-RETE UNO showing the opening of the museum.