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Peace Region paleontologists want to preserve dinosaur track area as tourist site


The Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre presented these images to Fort St. John city council in an effort to gather support to preserve the area as a possible tourist site. Photo By Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre (@source)

“Scientists in Tumbler Ridge are hoping to save an important piece of palaeontology in an area that’s lost many important sites.

Representatives of the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre made a presentation to the City of Fort St. John council asking for their informal support in preserving an area about one square kilometer in size near Williston Lake.

From the air, it may not look like much — just an empty plot of land. But if you get in close, tracks of a predator that stalked the area millions of years ago are visible to the naked eye.

About 115 to 117 million years ago, allosaurs roamed the land where Canada now sits. These were mighty predators similar in appearance to another famous dinosaur, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Allosaurs averaged 28 feet in height and were bipedal predator animals.

On that spot near Williston Lake, some allosaurs tracks have been preserved for millions of years.

In 2008, these tracks,  which resemble those of a bird’s, were discovered by some Peace Region residents, who then reported the find to Dr. Charles Helm, according to Rich McCrea, the Research Centre’s paleontology curator. Helm confirmed to the local residents that they had made an historic find.

However, the small band of palaeontologyresearchers at the time didn’t have the resources to properly attempt to preserve them, said McCrea.” (…) 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)