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Fossil Fridays

A Beaver the Size of a Bear

Castoroides was an Ice Age beaver that weighed as much as 125 kilograms. This spectacular jaw (mandible) was found in southeastern Manitoba in 2017; the photograph shows its size in comparison with that of a modern beaver (Castor canadensis).

Learn more HERE.


(Pecopteris? sp.) Image: © Manitoba Museum, B-1

Beautiful Fossils from an Unusual Source

This gorgeous slab of plants (Pecopteris? sp.) from an ancient coal swamp was donated to the old Manitoba Museum in the 1930s by Frederick Schaffner, a Manitoba MP and Senator originally from Nova Scotia. The fossils were collected from Cape Breton Island, and were given to Schaffner by Michael Dwyer, a Nova Scotia MLA.


Bison antiquus occidentalis Image: © Manitoba Museum V-2910

Beneath the Streets of Wolseley

Sometimes, very unusual things are found under our feet. These bison fossils, which are assigned to the extinct species Bison antiquus occidentalis, were collected in 1969 during sewer excavations near Ruby Street, Winnipeg. The bones were deposited there by an ancient river, some 7,500 years ago.

To learn more about this unexpected discovery, read the blog written by Dr. Graham Young, Curator of Paleontology and Geology.

Beneath the Streets of Wolseley


Chain Coral (Manipora sp.) Image: I-2579 © Manitoba Museum

A Tyndall Stone Classic

Manitoba Tyndall Stone holds a great variety of marine fossils. Chain corals (Manipora sp.) of Ordovician age (about 450 million years old) are often seen in walls of Manitoba buildings.

To learn more about the fossils covering the walls of the Manitoba Museum and many other structures throughout our beautiful province, check out this blog written by Dr. Graham Young, Curator of Paleontology and Geology.

The Fossils That Surround Us


Clams on Clams!

This Mytiloides found in western Manitoba was a giant bivalve (“clam”), which lived on the seafloor about 90 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. It served as habitat for the many smaller clams, or “jingle shells.”

Mytiloides subhercynicus with Anomia IMAGE
Mytiloides subhercynicus with Anomia DETAIL


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