Spring Field Work Summary

Spring Field Work Summary

As Canada Day approaches there is an excitement in the air in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. The Museum has recently completed the spring field work that was very successful. The Museum’s June field work had excellent weather. Sunny and warm for the entire week. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers that assisted with this years spring field work.

Bay of Fundy fossil research site near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. Note: The Wasson Bluff site is protected by Special Places Legislation.  Photo Credit: Amy Tizzard.

Wasson Bluff Research Site on Bay of Fundy Shore. Photo Credit – Amy Tizzard.

New Discoveries

The Museum’s field work was very successful. The field crew was able to collect over twenty five specimens of small bones and teeth from early dinosaurs, mammal-like reptiles, and the swift moving carnivore Protosuchus.

Small vertebrate bones and teeth from the Jurassic, Bay of Fundy.

The field work also produced a very rare Tritheledont postcanine tooth as well. The teeth and bones were deposited within banks and bottoms of a sandy river 200 million year ago. If they were not collected, they would have been lost to erosion from the massive Bay of Fundy tides. These bones are of scientific interest for they represent the survivors of a global mass extinction that happened as the supercontinent Pangaea broke apart.

Bay of Fundy Jurassic Tritheledont Tooth

See More – Visit the Museum

The Museum has had a very productive spring field season. You can visit the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia – to see these new fossils and more. Plan your trip at http://fundygeological.novascotia.ca

June 2016 – Field Work

June 2016 – Field Work

Update Summary

The staff and volunteers at the Fundy Geological Museum are collecting 200 million year old teeth bones from a site on the Bay of Fundy shore. These are important discoveries because these sandstone rocks contain the fossils of animals that survived the end-Triassic mass extinction.

The researchers are examining sediments from a Jurassic aged river found in the McCoy Brook Formation, near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. The red cliffs are made of fine grained sandstone and mudstone, and preserve the bones and teeth of animals that lived during that time. For several days the field crew of Museum staff and volunteers have worked in blazing Nova Scotia sunshine and made some great discoveries.

New Discovery!

On June 26 – the field crew has found several small teeth that are of great interest. One of the most spectacular finds is the premaxilla (tip of the snout) from what may be a meat-eating (theropod) dinosaur.

The new fossils will be cleaned and studied in the Museum’s Fossil Research Lab. Museum researchers will study them in detail in order to establish the identity of the animal.

Follow the Museum’s Facebook page http://facebook.com/fundygeologicalmuseum to see this specimen being cleaned and studied. Visit the Museum in Parrsboro to see the specimen for yourself.

16.005 - Premaxilla

The delicate bone was preserved in the fine grain sediments of a sandy Jurassic river. These river sands flowed into an ancient rift valley 200 million years ago. The bones were scattered down a river that cut through the sand dune landscape of the rift valley. The fossil bones tell a story from a time of great global change.

Museum researchers will continue to work at the site until June 28.

Protected Research Site

Wasson Bluff is protected by Nova Scotia Special Places Protection legislation. Research permits are required to examine the rocks and fossils at the research site.

The Fundy Geological Museum does conduct public tours of the site.
Check the Museum’s website for times and details. http://fundygeological.novascotia.ca

 

 

2016 Field Work Begins

2016 Field Work Begins

The Fundy Geological Museum is the centre for field research related to the Triassic and Jurassic fossil sites located in Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy region.

The Jurassic sandstone cliffs of the Parrsboro shore represent a time of great global change. Fault lines that cut through these rocks and dinosaur bones represent massive earthquakes that broke apart the supercontinent Pangea 200 million years ago. The rupture caused the geological structure of the Bay of Fundy. A large and ancient rift basin that was shifting and sinking for 40 million years, these rocks preserve a rich fossil record from the dawn of the dinosaurs.

New Field Work

The power of the world’s highest tides of the Bay of Fundy causes the sandstone cliffs to erode very quickly. The rapid erosion exposes new fossil specimens every year and makes this one of the richest sites in North America for new fossil discoveries.

  • In 2016 the Museum staff and volunteers are examining new fossils eroding from the research site at Wasson Bluff. A sandstone layer that contains scattered bones of small lizards and dinosaurs is of interest for potential to provide additional evidence of early dinosaur evolution.
  • The Museum staff are examining the site to document the types of animals represented by the 200 million year old bones and teeth found at the site.

Bay of Fundy Dinosaur Site Citizen Science

Initial Survey Work

From June 24 to 28, Museum staff and volunteers will be examining the sandstone layer exposed from the erosion that occurred last winter. The field work begins with documenting the small bones exposed on the surface of the layers.

See More – Visit the Museum

Take time to visit Parrsboro and explore an ancient landscape.
http://fundygeological.novascotia.ca