But was there really a sea here, dad? How did the shell get into the stone? How long is 239 million years? Did a Ticinosuchus really live hereabouts?
The world of fossils is truly fascinating and not only for your son, as it will enthral you too. What started out as a simple excursion will end up as a journey into another world.
First, you’ll walk along the trails between Meride and Serpiano, where fossils - evidence of a time long gone: the Middle Triassic - lie buried. Later, you’ll find the answers to all your questions at the Museum.
It will be no surprise to learn that Monte San Giorgio has been declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO. It is indeed a precious casket of fossil wealth.