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Scallop fisherman boasts impressive fossil collection


Scallop fisherman Patrick Moss holds one of his prized fossils.

“Devoted collectors, on the other hand, would see a treasure trove of artifacts millennia in the making.

Patrick Moss didn’t set out to collect fossils and dinosaur bones. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time. “I was a scallop fisherman in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. We fished in Georges Banks, the famous Georges Banks,” said Moss.

After the fishing moratorium he was hired on to harvest scallops off Georges Bank. The boat used a 2000 pound rake to drag shellfish off the ocean floor, and with them came fossils, bones and even a piece of pottery.

According to Moss, one scallop fossil — weighing between 35 and 40 pounds — is hundreds of millions of years old. Another has visible traces of primitive worms, and then there’s a pair of what Moss believes are dinosaur leg bones.

“I had a geologist years ago looked at this and that’s what he told me this was,” he said. “That’s a dinosaur bone.”

Moss has reached out to several museums, including the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, but has repeatedly declined requests to donate his fossils. Instead he hopes to sell the pieces and retire from scallop fishing.” (…) READ MORE

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)