The Earthquake Dinosaurs site is produced by Dr. Tim Fedak, a vertebrate palaeontologist that studies the Triassic and Jurassic fossils found along the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Dr. Fedak is the Director of the Fundy Geological Museum, in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.
Earthquake Dinosaurs inspires interest in science and discovery through engaging a global community in palaeontology research projects.
Why Earthquakes? The dinosaurs and other fossils found along the northern shore of the Minas Basin represent a geological history of massive earthquakes and global change. At the end of the Triassic Period, 201.5 million years ago, the surface of the earth erupted. Magma flooded to the surface from below as the supercontinent Pangaea began to rip apart.
- Massive earthquakes occurred when the supercontinent Pangaea began to rip apart.
- Traces of these earthquakes are present as geological faults, fractures where the ground shifted and slipped.
- One of the largest faults in the area is the Cobequid-Chedabucto fault, that shows how the ground south of the fault has moved to the east relative to the ground north of the fault. [image of fault]
- These earthquake traces (geological faults) have also cut and shifted the bones of fossils preserved in these rocks, including the bones of Canada’s oldest dinosaurs. [image of faulted bone]
The Earthquake Dinosaurs website follows active research projects, which include field work to document and collect new fossil specimens along the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Some field work includes larger teams that include students and volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about participating in a field research experience, contact us to learn more about our field research program.
3D Digital Methods
The Earthquake Dinosaurs projects also include the use of 3D digital scanning technology to create high-resolution 3D models of the eroding shoreline and fossils being studied. Photogrammetry and 3D animation software are used to develop new visual analysis of coastal shorelines and the fossils. These 3D models provide new ways to visualize and study the complex faults present in the Bay of Fundy region.
Research Based Principles
Scientists leading this project are members of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and all work done here is in accordance with SVP ethics and guidelines. Anyone conducting field research in Nova Scotia requires an a permit from Special Places Protection Office.
Funding for projects described in the Earthquake Dinosaurs website has been supported by:
- National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- The Jurassic Foundation
- Nova Scotia Museum Research Grant Program
- Royal Geographic Society Research Grant Program