The panel alongside represents the time spiral relating to the evolution of our planet and life on Earth.
The section indicating a period between 234 and 65 million years ago highlights the 169 million years during which the layers of rock today found in the Ampezzo basin and surrounding areas were deposited.
These rock strata contain numerous fossils, traces of the incredibly prolific and diversified life forms that characterised this period in our region. Most of these fossils are "Triassic", meaning the fossils of animals and plants that lived in the early period of the area shown in green: the Triassic.
During that period, the Dolomites were more or less located at the tropics (15-20° latitude north), on the western edge of a large marine gulf that penetrated into the supercontinent called Pangaea.
This sea, called Tethys, was warm, clear and suitable for the growth of reefs separated by straits, some deep, others less so, similar to those that today distinguish the Maldive Islands, the Caribbean and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
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