July Field Work – Bay of Fundy Jurassic Fossils

July Field Work – Bay of Fundy Jurassic Fossils

The field work done by research staff and volunteers at the Fundy Geological Museum in June to collect Bay of Fundy Jurassic fossils was very successful. Several new specimens were found and collected. These new specimens include portions of several lizard-like reptile (Clevosaurus) skulls, the tip of the snout (premaxilla) from a theropod dinosaur, and a tiny mammal-like reptile tooth.

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Returning for more Bay of Fundy Jurassic Fossils

The Museum staff and volunteers have now returned to the research site to continue to look for more fossils that are 200 million years old. On Wedneday July 26, the team transported supplies and tools to the site. The initial supplies are transported to the site using a wheelbarrel. The morning fog along the shore provided a magical setting for the start of another visit to the research site.

Transporting Equipment as Fog rolls over Two Islands

Soon after arriving, the team inspected the Jurassic aged fluvial (river) sandstone exposed at the site. Several new specimens were immediately found. After only a month that included a few rainstorms, several new specimens have become visible on the surface. Volunteers have been assisting with the finds as well.

Volunteers look for Bay of Fundy Jurassic Fossils, near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

On Thursday, volunteers Mark and Jack helped to expose some of the new fossil specimens. Jack found a significant limb bone fragment and proved very adept at carefully removing the sandstone to expose the delicate fossils.

The weather has been very hot! Wedge and Rex, the canine members of the research team, have enjoyed the shade of the tarp during the hottest parts of the day. Rex has demonstrated skills at digging in the sand – although he is still not sure what fossil bone looks like.

Wedge and Rex enjoying the shade at Wasson Bluff.

Museum staff are also continuing to develop the sieving technique. The sandstone is dissolved in water and a screen is used to remove the sand and expose the small fossil bones. The technique is proving to be successful for locating small teeth and bones from the animals preserved in the sandstone.  More updates will follow.

Public Tour of Research Site

There is a public tour of the research site scheduled for Saturday July 30th, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm.  Visit the Museum’s website for more information. http://fundygeological.novascotica.ca/events

You can also follow the progress of the research team by following the Museum’s Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

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.

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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