Thursday, 2 February 2017
IN SEARCH OF TRIASSIC BEASTIES
Well, if finds like Shonisaurus sikanniensis are any indication, my guess would be northern British Columbia.
After almost no large finds over the past hundred years, they have revealed the largest marine reptile on record, along with countless terrestrial finds that make that area one of the richest searching grounds on the globe.
There are Triassic marine outcrops in northern British Columbia that extend from Wapiti Lake to the Yukon border. Without the fossil finds, this area is just pure, raw Canadian gold in terms of scenery and environmental importance. Well worth exploring for its sheer beauty.
With the paleontological possibilities, it's the stuff of dreams. The big reveal may be new species of dinosaurs, large marine reptiles and greater insight into their behaviour and interactions deep in the Triassic.
I'm excited for the future of paleontology in the region as more of these fruitful outcrops are discovered, collected and studied.