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Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden

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The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, formerly known as the Morden and District Museum, is located in Morden, Manitoba in the lower level of the Access Events Centre. The museum currently houses the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. (Janzic and Hatcher 2008; Nicholls 1988)CollectionsField excavations occur along the Manitoba Escarpment area of the Pembina Hills in the Red River Valley. Most fossils that are collected are from the Pembina and Millwood Members of the Pierre Shale.The Discovery Centre also houses numerous specimens of the Cretaceous squid Tusoteuthis longa; these specimens represent the northern most known occurrence of these molluscs in the Cretaceous seas of North America. (Nicholls and Isaak, 1987).ProgramsThe Discovery Centre offers school programs, guided tours, summer day camps, paleo tours, fossil dig programs and much more. The museum has a large database of research information pertaining to the fossil collection from the Late Cretaceous Period.The prized specimen is a 43-foot (13 m) long mosasaur fossil, the second largest in North America.Fossil dig programs continue each summer from May to September along the Manitoba Escarpment. A short necked plesiosaur specimen 26 feet (7.9 m) long was excavated in 2004/5, and the Executive Director Anita Janzic has published two scientific abstracts on the specimen and its stomach contents. (Janzic 2007; Janzic 2006)
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  • we enjoyed the ancient fossils and descriptive kiosks throughout the museum. a very good place to take curious youngsters. Young and old alike would enjoy this museum.  more »
  • We took our 2 grandsons aged 7 & 11 to check out the fossils on the 1st day of spring break. It is a small museum but full of displays and information about prehistoric dinosaurs and fossils. We learn...  more »
  • This is an amazing display of pleisosaurs and mosasours and related fossils. The city of Morden is small but the experience is huge. It would be better if the museum/discovery centre was in a larger v...  more »
  • Online it said it had different hours. But lucky it was open at 10 am as originally thought. The 40 min video was very informative. Love the displays and the gift shop had so many cute and interesting things. It with they had more postcards and a penny press for those who collect them. Definitely worth the visit
  • A wonderful exhibit! My grandchildren enjoyed the interactive dinosaur dig.
  • Museum was the prefect outing for my neices for March Break. They really enjoyed the exhibit and the videos. The puzzles in the dinosaur play room were fun to build.
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  • Family-friendly with an awesome collection of marine reptile fossils, in a great little community.