Jurassic Fossil Digs 2016-17

A project to systematically collect and document small vertebrate fossils eroding from the earliest Jurassic sandstone units at Wasson Bluff began in 2015. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, the Fundy Geological Museum hosted public excavations to assist in the surface collecting and screening of near surface exposures of a section of fluvial sandstone units.

Time series showing progress of erosion where public fossil excavations were held from May 2016 through October 2017. Notice the maturing of the boulder cracks in the middle of the cliff, these represent increased danger of collapse.

The fossil site was chosen for public assisted excavation because it was productive and actively eroding near the high tide shoreline, was considered relatively safe from overhead cliff erosion, and was easily accessible for public visitors.

Did you dig?

Let me know if you participated in the public excavations or attended any of the museum tours. This research is now being written up for publication.



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