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New exhibit at CFDC for Manitoba Day

Lauren MacGill

The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre's new exhibit, introduced on Manitoba Day (May 12), focuses on paleontology in Manitoba. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)

The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre's new exhibit, introduced on Manitoba Day (May 12), focuses on paleontology in Manitoba. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)

MORDEN - 

A new bunch of fossils are on display in celebration of Manitoba’s birthday.

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre celebrated Manitoba Day by introducing the new exhibit that highlights paleontology and fossils from the province.

“I feel like Manitobans know a bit about Manitoba paleontology but they don’t know how diverse it is,” field and collections manager Victoria Markstrom said. “This aims to teach people about the different types of fossils we have in Manitoba.”

The first phase of this exhibit, the introductory panel, was unveiled last year, also on Manitoba Day.

This second phase focuses on the Ordovician, Cretaceous and Quaternary periods.

“We chose those because we thought those were great examples of the types of fossils we have in Manitoba,” Markstrom said. “We go through each period and detail what Manitoba was like, what kind of environment we had at that point, as well as the creatures that lived during that time period.”

Markstrom said the three periods were also chosen because of their temporal difference. “They have a large break in between them so they’re not close together,” she said. “They’re very different. At each point, Manitoba was  underneath a large body of water and very different animals lived in Manitoba over these different time periods.”

The exhibit has examples of fossils from creatures that lived during the time, as well as interactive question flaps and drawers with additional fossils. Most of the fossils haven’t been displayed before, and Markstrom said many had been donated in the past year. “We’re really excited to put out more fossils,” she said. “It’s always nice to change up what we have out on display to show something a little bit different. We really tried to get a broad scope of what Manitoba has to offer fossil-wise.”

“There’s so much to teach people and there’s so much to learn from our collection that it’s important to change the content so that it’s new and people will keep on learning,” she added. “There’s a lot of information in our museum and I’m sure people who have been here two or three times already know that content, so we want to change it up so people will come by and learn more and more about paleontology.”

CFDC also celebrated Manitoba Day with educational games, prizes and cake.