Friday, June 29, 2007

A Plesiosaur at the End of the Road!

It was the last week of June and we had high hopes of finding an amazing specimen, but torrential rain managed to dampen our spirits. At the beginning of the month, I constructed a wish list to boost morale and to provide good "field" karma. On the list are five rare specimens that have not yet been found. The list includes a juvenile mosasaur, a complete hesperonis, a giant archelon shell, a shark with teeth, and a plesiosaur with an ammonite in its belly. You might think we're crazy, but we're optimistic!

So at the beginning of this week, the fossil crew was pumped to find one of the five allusive specimens. However, it rained and rained... and rained! Could the rain have been caused from global warming? Perhaps bad karma? Anything could have caused the mini monsoon, but one thing we were certain on, it was unexpected. There was so much rain, a creek developed between one of our dig sites, blocking the passage way. We cringed as we heard violent winds tore up the Miami area, probably damaging our recent finds. Things looked like they were going the wrong direction, but there was light at the end of the tunnel.

At the end of the week, the rain finally stopped pouring. It was non stop sunshine, perfect for our staff dig. We packed up the museum van again, with even higher hopes of finding one of the wish list specimens. We headed to the CFDC property, where Anita cleared our first new quarry. This site is virtually untouched. Within the first ten minutes, the staff started to uncover fossils! Little did we know, Yvonne, our administrative clerk, is an expert at finding fossils. She was finding them left and right. Yvonne has my vote for paleo star of the week! Although the rain prevented us to get a good head start in the field season, we managed to uncover what we hope is a fish specimen.

This fish will remind us that when life throws you a road block, there might be a plesiosaur, with an ammonite in its belly, at the end of the road!


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

That’s a Wrap!

The fossil crew and I have reached the climax of the school tours, with three school digs back to back this week. Once we complete those tours, it’s fossil hunting time for the fossil crew! However, there are a few things that I will miss about the school tours. I will miss all the great questions, like “Do Mosasaurs eat humans??” and the classic, “is that real??”. For the kids that were scared of the life-like paleontologist, it’s okay, she scares me too!

I will also miss the fan mail! This year I received a huge poster with lots of shiny dino stickers from the Elm Creek School. It’s great. Unfortunately, no jingles about how awesome of a tour guide I am and I think the schools also missed my request for baked goods this year! I am just kidding! I am very grateful for any sort of fan mail, it always makes my week.

Thanks again to all the schools that participated in our summer programs this year. This has been one of our busiest and most successful years. When I saw the June calendar showing all the school tours for that month, I nearly had cardiac arrest! However, the fossil crew and I manage to complete the tours with impeccable ease, considering we recruited two new members into the fossil crew. Great job Stephanie and Daesha!

Thanks again schools for making June so much fun

Ps- I am still accepting baked goods.


The Insider

Hi, my name is Kodley and I am a summer student at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre! This summer I will be your insider to all the exciting CFDC events. I’ll bring you behind the scenes as the fossil crew discovers new fossils and excavate on untouched dig sites. Follow my blogs this summer because it is going to be one “dino-mite” year!