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Prehistoric Island Tours

“Prince Edward Island holds Canada’s only fossil record of life on land in the Permian Period, almost 300 million years ago”, said Dr. John Calder from the Department of Geology at Saint Mary’s University. ”The fossil legacy of the Island has reached a point where it stands proudly on the world stage."

Geologist, Laura MacNeil found a fossil of large footprints near Cavendish PEI National Park in May of 2018. The fossil has been confirmed as those of the sail-backed Bathygnathus borealis, commonly known as the Dimetrodon, the top predator of its time. The Island’s shores hold Canada’s richest terrestrial fossil record of the Permian period, underscoring Prince Edward Island as a globally important paleontological location. Laura MacNeil is now offering shoreline fossil tours on PEI allowing visitors and residents to learn about the fascinating geologic history of the Island and see real fossils. The goal of her tours is to allow residents and visitors of PEI to learn about the fascinating geologic history of Prince Edward Island and see real PEI fossils. It is currently the only venue in the province where you can do this. She also provide the public with information on what to do if you find a fossil, which can be hard to come by in absence of a natural history museum. Each tour is 75 minutes long and takes place in the Vernon Bridge area.

Cavendish Beach, ocean, rocks, sand, sky