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Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, formerly known as the Morden and District Museum, is located in Morden, Manitoba in the lower level of the Morden Recreational Complex. 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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  • Who would have thought land-locked Manitoba would be the home to so many marine reptile fossils? A must see for anyone interested in fossils, palaeontology or the thrill of discovery. Excellent displa...  read more »
  • This great museum has so much potential if they had more funding. At present it is small, but with great displays. We learned lots of new stuff and plan to go back for one of the day tours (back rooms...  read more »
  • I'm not really into Dinosaur stuff, but it was amazing and interesting what this place has. Kids especially would love it! 
  • Horrible place to visit. There are some fossil but not worthy to visit. You to drive around 130km and later spend 8$ per person which will take 5 minutes to finish.
  • Not a huge exhibit, but very informative, and Bruce steals the show for sure.
  • Surprisingly great little place
  • They have such an impressive collection of fossils, I was truly amazed! I imagine that it will be attractive not only for visitors like me but also for the scientists because this center is unique.
  • Awesome displays.
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