Monte Bolca

Monte Bolca is a significant fossil site near the Italian city of Verona.

Monte Bolca is located near the village of Bolca and is due to the numerous fish fossils also Pescaria ( " fish bowl " ) called. In a broader sense but also other nearby nearby sites are so designated.

The area around Monte Bolca was lifted during the folding of the Alps twice from the seabed, once before 30 to 50 million one more time before 24 million years. The archaeological site consists of a 19 meter thick fossiliferous limestone layer. In some horizons particularly well -preserved fossils found. Here not only the internal organs are visible, sometimes it is even possible coloring of the skin determine.

As fossil site Monte Bolca is known since the 16th century and became the object of intense scientific studies since the 19th century. Louis Agassiz (1807-1873) was one of the scientists who dealt extensively with Monte Bolca.