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Dinosaur Graveyard
Photograph by Francois Gohier

The badlands of southern Alberta teem with the bones of prehistoric giants, from spiky, heavily armored ankylosaurs to the savage 27-foot-long (eight-meter-long) hunter called Albertosaurus librates. Protecting one of the richest fossil grounds on Earth, Canada’s Dinosaur Provincial Park was named in 1979 to the World Heritage List, a collection of 730 natural and cultural sites of global importance. The entries range from the famous—the likes of Grand Canyon National Park and Machu Picchu—to the esoteric—sites such as the Alta petroglyphs in Arctic Norway and a complex of monasteries on Russia’s Solovetskiye Islands.

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