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If you happen to be heading over to the East Coast anytime soon, we have something you need to add to your itinerary.

Newfoundland’s Mistaken Point was just named a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of only 18 in Canada. Stretching 17 km, the rugged coastal cliffs hold evidence of some of the earliest multi-cellular life on the planet. The fossils you find encrusted in its walls could date back as far as 575 million years!

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Flickr/Zach Bonnell

If you didn’t already know, the announcement was made on Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey. It’s the most prestigious recognition a fossil site can receive, and it’s expected to lead to a boost in visitors.

In other words, go soon if you want to beat the crowds.

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Flickr/Zach Bonnell

In case you’re wondering, Mistaken Point gets its name from the way sailors would often mistake it for Cape Race in foggy weather, causing them to steer into the wrong direction. The first fossil was discovered there in 1967.

With any luck, maybe you’ll discover a little history of your own.