Wednesday, August 30, 2006

New Tooth

Today the CFDC fossil crew were out at Betsy's site (a plesiosaur discovery in 2004) continuing our search for the "nose". No luck with that, however we did stumble upon a nice tooth. Let's see if anyone out there has any guess as to what animal this tooth belongs to.

The search goes on.


Our summer season is winding down with our summer staff departing at the end of this week; their tasks consisted of running Day Camps, digitizing and organizing artifact collections, and conducting field work and public programs. I'd just like to say thank-you to all of them for all the hard work they've done over the past few months. We've had many many laughs and it sure would be nice to see your smiling faces next year.

I'd also like to say thanks to our administator who's done an absolute wonderful job. You'll be missed!

Thanks also to all who gave a helping hand during the course of the summer. With the assistance of its dedicated volunteers, the CFDC will continue to conduct field work until the end of October.

Corn and Apple Festival

Well, as you can see in the pic, the CFDC had it own booth at the Corn 'n Apple Festival in Morden. Although not much of our gift shop stock was sold, we were very successful in being an information centre directing the curious public to the museum for a visit. A new booth will be made next year with some great jazzy paleo stuff to draw people to it.

Our newly redesigned Bruce Gallery, with great new images and murals plus sound effects, was open for the occasion. Actually, a lot of children were really scared with the sounds and so we had to turn the volume down! What a great weekend! In fact, we had more than 500 visitors to our museum over the three day festival, this is about three times more than usual.

Great job all those Board Members, staff and volunteers concerned. Let's do it all again next year. That's all for now.

Dave Wilkinson

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Bruce Banner

The banner to be displayed behind Bruce just arrived this afternoon and is being hung as we speak; the finishing touches to this exhibit area will be done over the next week. The space is looking fantastic. I hope those of you who come for the Corn & Apple Festival will take advantage of the time to visit us - it's worth the trip!!! Here's a sneak peek....

Friday, August 18, 2006

Bruce is getting a facelift!

The CFDC is undergoing some major changes to its "Bruce" exhibit (for those who don't know, Bruce is the largest mosasaur in Canada). A life size mural, in addition to audio sounds of the deep, are being added to the exhibit to enhance the attraction; the CFDC will have an unveiling of its completed exhibit in a few months. For the time being, we will post progress on our website which will also feature a sound bite of the underwater experience. Hope to see you at the unveiling!

More on the New Mosasaur

This past week the fossil crew has been working hard on the new mosasaur that was discovered. We've continued working back and have discovered more vertebrae, a tooth and other fragments yet to be identified. The gridding has been completed on the specimen and field jacketing will start this weekend. Once in the lab and I've had the opportunity a closer look, I'll add this information and images to the CFDC website.

Monday, August 14, 2006

New Mosasaur

This past weekend the CFDC had a new mosasaur discovery. We'll be heading out to the site this week to continue excavating. All I can say at the moment is that it appears to be 50% complete, consisting primarily of vertebrae (backbones); the preservation is fair and looks a bit weathered. I hope to have some images uploaded to our website at the end of the week.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Geology Survey

Recently, the CFDC staff and volunteers, along with our geologist, conducted a preliminary elevation survey of the newly owned CFDC property southwest of the Town of Miami. The overall objective is to create an elevation baseline through the property and begin to tie in the digsites to the baseline. This will provide a more precise elevation reading and provide insight to the specific levels the fossils are being recovered from.

Core Samples

Last week our geologist and I visited the Manitoba Geological Survey to find information on the geolgy units of Southern Manitoba. Much to our surprise we discovered core samples were taken from the area. This gives us an insight to the stratigraphy of the area.

There is a new location where the geology is a bit confusing to us... we're not sure if it is pre or post glacial. The structural geology is also new and exciting for us. This is something we've never seen in the area before.

We Found the Skull! YES!!!!

In 2004, Joe Brown, one of the CFDC volunteers, discovered a short-necked plesiosaur. Since then, the fossil crew has excavated close to 60% of the specimen and this year is our third season of excavating. A large amount of overburden and overlying rock needed to be removed, leaving us with some doubt as to wether or not there were still some remains awaiting us.

I'm glad to say that YES we found what appears to be the base of the skull from our plesiosaur Betsy. I'm now heading out with the fossil crew to continue the search... all we need to find are the flippers. I'll keep you posted over the next couple of days.