It's almost that time of year again. Fossil Finding Time!!!! This year the CFDC is expanding its excavation to include a trip out to Jordan Montana. The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC) and the Paleo World Research Foundation (PWRF) are providing an opportunity for students to gain field experience in different environmnets with different kinds of fossils. Here in Manitoba we'll provide students from the United States a chance to work in shales and excavate marine reptiles from the Pierre Shale Formation. In turn, Montana will allow for students to work in the Hell Creek Formation discovering dinosaurs.
This is a first for the CFDC and we anticipate an ongoing partnership with PWRF. This year only a few will participate, but I'm sure there will be more opportunities down the road. The first part of the exchange will take place along the Mantoba Escarpment. One of the first specimens the students will excavate is a marine bird Hesperornis discovered at the end of last years field season. Four semi-articulated vertebrae and a possible rib were found and prepped for the winter. I anticipate a 50% complete skeleton. I can hope can't I? No matter, I'm sure it will be exciting.