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[Radio Audio / News] Cape Breton fossils are the oldest evidence of parental behaviour

from Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald (CBC)

A 300 million year old animal was preserved huddled around a juvenile in a den in a hollow tree.

Maddin’s team recently discovered an adult and juvenile fossils of a varanopid synapsid — one of the earliest animals on the mammalian evolutionary lineage — inside a lithified tree stump on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. (Henry Sharpe)

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More than 300 million years ago, a lizard-like creature more closely related to mammals than reptiles died in what is now Cape Breton, N.S. with its tail curled around what was likely its offspring. The team of Canadian researchers who found and analyzed the fossil think this is the earliest evidence of parenting behaviour yet identified in the…

'First Animals' - A New Documentary On Early Life From CBC's "The Nature of Things"

CBC's The Nature of Things is airing its documentary 'First Animals', a look into early life Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 9 PM on CBC-TV.
- First Animals episode description on CBC's website.

Here are links to several of their blog posts:

Meet the weird, wacky and wonderful creatures that lived in Cambrian seas over 500 million years ago - by Graham Duggan
High in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, the animals of an ancient ecosystem can be seen battling for life. The fossils of the Burgess Shale offer a glimpse at the incredible diversity of early life on Earth, frozen in time and locked in stone — you just have to go digging to see it. (Click here for more...)

The ROM quarry site high up in the Rocky Mountains.

Paleontologist scales the Rocky Mountains to uncover Earth’s very first animals - by Jean-Bernard Caron, Richard M. Ivey Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology at the Royal Ontario Museum
It’s 6:53 a.m. on Aug. 19, 2019. My body is primed to wake up — I beat my alarm cloc…

Save The Date! Moncton's First Gem & Mineral Show in 2020!


Rock Hunting in Rockport (May 7th 2011)

One site I've been going to since I started rock hunting is Rockport, located between Dorchester and Sackville, New Brunswick. The more I go the more interesting things I find. Slacks Cove is full of places you can stumble upon cool rocks, fossils, or dead animals such as a half eaten seal.. burk!

Reaching Dorchester the road splits between 106 (towards Sackville) and the 935 towards Dorchester Cape. I take the 935 south and drive a few minutes until the paved road turns into a dirt road. A few hundred meters from where the road changed I stop my car and park it on the side of the road where the old road cuts into a new one the government constructed last year.

I've stopped a few times but didn't had the chance to check these red cliffs. I've spotted some fossil plants but very sparse. There's also a lot of big boulder-size conglomerate rocks all over the place, standing out amidst the red silt.

What I had to cross to get to the beach.

The tide at its lowest p…

In The Works

Preliminary sketch and general layout of my palaeontology themed tattoo. Limulid on the hand, and the rest is the main layout on my arm (sleeve). Stay tuned as the real thing is coming soon!

[News] 'Millennium Falcon' fossil shows what it took to thrive 500 million years ago

by Emily Chung

Cambroraster was similar in some ways to lampreys, stingrays and horseshoe crabs.

When paleontologists first spotted the large spaceship-like fossils in B.C.'s Kootenay National Park, "we really didn't know what to make of it," recalls Joseph Moysiuk, part of the excavation team. (Andrew Gregg/Red Trillium Films)

A new fossil species named after an iconic starship is both unlike anything that exists today and uncannily similar to many modern animals, from stingrays to horseshoe crabs.
When paleontologists first spotted the large, round shield-like fossils in B.C.'s Kootenay National Park, "we really didn't know what to make of it," recalls Joseph Moysiuk, part of the excavation team.
"We nicknamed it 'The spaceship'... because we thought it looked a lot like the Millennium Falcon," he added, referring to Han Solo's iconic ship in the Star Wars series.
It became more than a nickname — the creature's formal scientifi…