Brampton Fossil Hunter Finds Surprise in his Garden

Lawrence McKinley has been interested in fossils since he was a kid. He’s fossil hunted around Ontario, but little did he know when he bought his current home on Windermere Court that a couple of prime specimens came with the deal. That was until he started moving some rocks around in his garden. That’s when he discovered two very nice fossil beds — including several layers of coral — that he says are now the pride of his collection. He said the find is unusual, but he suspects the fossil beds came from somewhere nearby, and whoever owned the house before him treated them just like any other rock or stone. The fossil beds are from a period, before fish, possibly as old as 250 million years, when this area was the site of a shallow inland sea. For those interested in doing their own fossil hunting, the University of Waterloo’s Earth Sciences Museum offers a list of Ontario fossil-collecting sites at uwaterloo.ca. The Royal Ontario Museum holds rock, gem, mineral, fossil and meteorite identification clinics six times a year Visit rom.on.ca for more information……Ed
Source: Pam Douglas / Photo: Bryon Johnson

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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