Star of the Week

Palaeostar 2019!

July 8 - 12

Meet Dawson Singleton (right), who came to us from Daytona Beach, Florida! Dawson came for a 5-day Dig Tour, and assisted with collecting many fossils over the week.

In the museum, Dawson’s favourite exhibit to see was Bruce, while his favourite activity from the whole week was finding fossils.

Dawson had an enormous interest in all things in paleontology, and viewed his tour as valuable experience in exploring the realities of his dream job as a paleontologist. He was a dedicated and excited fossil finder the whole week! Dawson was also enthused to learn about more than just excavation, helping write field cards, cleaning fossils in the lab, and getting to ask our paleontologist all of his questions. For these reasons Dawson is our Paleo Star of the week!

July 1 - 5

Meet Michelle and Jaiden Thibert, our mother son duo Paleo Stars! They came all the way from Ottawa Ontario to experience a day in the field with us!

Throughout the day, Jaiden was excited to share and discuss his passions with his tour guides- especially his love of palaeontology. From the very start, Jaiden talked about how he liked ancient marine reptiles better than traditional dinosaurs. He was most impressed by our giant mosasaurs, Bruce and Suzy.

Michelle and Jaiden came on a very hot day, but they didn’t let that stop them from digging their best! They helped unearth many small fragments and one pretty intact mosasaur rib! Jaiden thought it was pretty cool to find a piece of his favourite marine reptile. Both mother and son were proud to be the only tour out digging and finding all week. For these reasons, the Thiberts are our Paleo Stars of the week!

June 24 - 28

Meet our double feature of Paleo Stars for this week! Dylan (left) and Jon (right) both came from Glenboro school for a museum tour. During their tour, they both asked their tour guide some great questions!

Dylan’s favourite dinosaur is a brachiosaurus, from the museum exhibits his favourite was our short-necked plesiosaur, nicknamed Plesi!

Jon liked our ancient marine reptiles best, in particular, the tylosaurus mosasaur! Because of this, his favourite part of the museum was seeing Bruce and Suzy.

We loved having these Glenboro students, and so they are our Paleo Stars of the week!

June 10 - 14

Meet Cathy and Dave Horsepool our Paleo Stars of the week! They came from Collingwood Ontario for a 5-day dig adventure!

Right from the start of their tour, Cathy and Dave stood out as people who were ready to learn and really experience a true fossil dig. The first day of the dig was a lot of digging with not much finding, but that definitely changed later in the week! In the next 4 days, Cathy and Dave helped bring back over 2 dozen specimens.

Some of Cathy and Dave’s favourite parts of the tour included: 2 possible mosasaur teeth they collected, and some fish vertebrae they uncovered! Our palaeontologist was also able to identify some fossilized coral that they brought pictures of. Cathy and Dave really stood out as exceptional people who were excited to learn and take in the entire experience, for that reason they are our Paleo Stars of the week!

May 27 -  June 2

Meet Justin Link our Paleo Star of the week! He came for a half-day dig adventure with a bunch of his family!

In the museum, Justin was a great tour taker. His favorite part of the museum was the mosasaur room, and he loved seeing the allosaurus at the entrance of it!

Once we got to the field, Justin really stood out as an excellent fossil excavator! Justin was great at digging through the shale and brought his tour guide many mineral samples to identify. Justin said the coolest thing he saw out in the field was the mosasaur rib fragment that he helped to excavate out of the shale. Having Justin on this tour absolutely rocked, and for this reason, he’s our Paleo Star of the week!

May 20 - 24

Meet Christine, she is our Paleo Star of the week!

She came with her class on a school fossil dig tour and had a blast digging for fossils, in which she found a vertebra!

Her favorite class in school is Bible and in her free time she loves playing four-square with her friends, as well as reading.

What was your favorite part of the tour? “Finding stuff!”

Definitely a future paleontologist!

May 13 - 17

Meet Aiden Jarvis our Paleo Star of the week! He came for a museum tour with his first-grade class from Steinbach Christian School!

During the tour, Aiden was very curious about the exhibits, and kept his tour guide on her toes with his many questions!

Aiden’s favourite parts of the tour were seeing real fossils, and visiting Bruce and Suzy. His absolute favourite fossil he got to see was Bruce’s real tooth in the collection room! Aiden was absolutely awesome on the tour and while doing fun fossil activities afterwards. He said he loved the trip, and for that reason, he is our Paleo Star of the week.

Palaeostar 2018!

August 13 - 17

Meet Paul our Paleo Star of the week! He came out on his vacation to have a great time on tour and was not disappointed at all.

Not only was he able to visit two very different sites, and dig while he was at both, but he was able to help uncover multiple fossils during his time out here and help tarp several too.

Paul was eager to learn about the geology of Manitoba and showcased a great attention to detail and delicacy when it was time to remove fossils from the ground. He even got to try his hand at consolidating a crumbling fossil!

Before leaving the final dig site at the end of his stay Paul commented on just how beautiful the rock layers (stratigraphy) are that he worked through.

July 23 - 27

Meet Liam and Mary! They came up from Minnesota on a dig tour as a birthday present for Liam.

They had a great time digging at one location where they uncovered a fish vertebra. Their biggest find was when they were using rock hammers at a second location, to break shale and discovered a squid pen!

We are nominating Liam as Paleo Star of the week because of his diligent digging and honest enthusiasm over everything that was found.

July 16 - 20

Meet Adriel Cenerini: future palaeontologist!

This passionate 10 year old came completely prepared for serious fossil hunting. Toting an impressive tilly hat and palaeontologists vest, he also brought his own paleo-pick and toolkit!
Just to add to Adriel’s enthusiasm about the day, whether it was learning about the importance of rocks and minerals in the fossilization process, he uncovered a mosasaur vertebra in-site!

Adriel can be an inspiration to us all when it comes to learning new things:
“Every new thing I learn is another tool in my palaeontologists toolkit.”

July 9 - 13

Meet the Hawes family! Brian (dad) and Andrew (son), drove down from Winnipeg for a two-day dig tour and they had a blast!

For the entire trip, Andrew never let the heat get to him and was full of enthusiastic energy.

We are nominating Brian and Andrew as Palaeo Star of the Week because they were lucky enough to uncover not just one but two Mosasaur vertebra during their dig! Andrew really had a great eye for surface finds and they came back to the museum with bags of them.

July 1 - 7

Meet the Griffith Family! Together they drove down from Swan River, Manitoba to make wonderful memories as a family while on a fossil dig in our beautiful southern Manitoba Escarpment.

We are nominating mom and son fossil finding duo Sheena and Everett as Paleo Stars because they had their field technician scrambling up and down the escarpment bagging and tagging all the fossils they dug up wherever they sat.

By the end of the dig they had four baggies of fossils and fossil fragments, huge smiles on the entire family’s faces, and memories to last a life time!

Palaeostar 2017!

May 21 - 27

Meet this grade 12 class from Winnipeg, MB. Collectively, this class has been chosen as palaeostar because of their enthusiasm for all things at the CFDC. While in the museum this group asked intelligent questions as they engaged with the material. Also, while at the dig site, their determination to find fossils allowed them to discover small bits of fish, a burrow, and small bone fragments. Even those that didn’t find anything, vigorously searched the dig site for anything remotely resembling a fossil. This group was a pleasure to work with which is why they were chosen as our first palaeostar of 2017!

May 28 - June 3

Meet Keenan. Keenan is a palaeontology enthusiast and Jurassic Park super-fan. He had the opportunity to come on a free dig tour this week that happened to land on his 10th birthday! To celebrate entering double-digits, Keenan found a piece of a fish vertebra as well as various unidentifiable bone fragments. This kid could not be stopped as he vigorously searched the area for anything a marine reptile may have left behind. His excitement for Palaeontology, as well as his discovery, is why Keenan was chosen as our palaeostar of the week!

June 4 - 10

Meet Azura! This lovely young lady was a part of a large group of students that traveled all the way out to Morden from Selkirk, MB. This was a very enthusiastic class and found several unique fossils while out in the field. Azura found a piece of a fish jaw bone to add to our collection at the museum. The matching shirts and enthusiasm definitely caught our attention and this incredible find made Azura the obvious choice for palaeostar!

June 11 - 17

Meet this awesome group from our neighbors to the south. This group drove up to Manitoba from Minnesota and North Dakota to experience a full day dig tour. They found half of a fish vertebra, a fish bone, a mosasaur tooth, as well as a few other random fragments. This group first caught our attention by their incredible hats, and second by their incredible enthusiasm for learning about palaeontology. They were a pleasure to work with and now have become our palaeostars of the week!

June 18 - 24

Meet Triton! Triton came on a dig tour with his class to learn more about palaeontology and to look for rocks and fossils out in the field. While the entire class was really enthusiastic about digging through the shale, Triton was actually successful in uncovering a fossil. This fish vertebra may be helpful for our field team in finding more fish pieces in the future! Way to go Triton!

June 25 - 30

Meet this fun-loving family that came to the CFDC all the way from Quebec! From a young age each of these people has had a passion for learning about palaeontology. They demonstrated this in their vast knowledge during the museum tour as well as their enthusiasm in digging for fossils. I mean, when you drive as far as these guys did for a dig tour, you better be passionate about it! Although nothing was found during our dig, the excitement demonstrated earned these guys palaeostar of the week!

July 2 - 8

Meet Brayden! Brayden has been a part of the museum for a long time as he often finds himself wandering the galleries and bringing in fossils that he finds on his own. This week he was finally able to come out on a dig tour to get the full experience of palaeontology. He enthusiastically searched the area for fragments on the surface as well as used his brush to unearth a fish vertebra. He was constantly asking questions and demonstrating his vast knowledge on fossils. We were all so impressed with this guy that there was no doubt that he would be palaeostar of the week!

July 9 - 15

Meet Matthew and Sabrina! This power duo came out to Morden from Southern Ontario to experience a fossil dig! Their enthusiasm really helped them in their work as they found many fossils out in the field. They found a ton of fish fossils and bits of mosasaur, including a rather rare articulated fish jaw! Although part of their tour got rained out, they were super good sports about it and got to enjoy all kinds of different aspects of the museum such as fossil prep, mold making, a short film, as well as the escape room. We had so much fun with these two and decided that it was their time to be palaeostar!

July 16 - 22

Meet Joe! This aspiring palaeontologist came up to Manitoba from Minnesota with some family and friends just for a two day dig experience. Day one was rained out, but that didn’t wreck his experience as he enthusiastically took the time to learn how to do fossil prep. Day two was completely dedicated to field work and Joe worked hard to find a fish vertebrae and see what his future career might be like. Thanks for coming out, Joe! Keep on being a palaeostar everyday!

July 23 - 29

Check out this awesome group that came out from Winnipeg for a dig tour! Their background at the Manitoba Museum gave them an advantage in learning the information in the museum and digging for fossils out in the field. Their enthusiasm for palaeontology was incredible to see! Unfortunately, nothing was collected while out in the field, but they were very beneficial in helping us search for a potential hesperornis find! Thanks so much for your excitement and hard work, palaeostars!

July 31 - August 5

Meet Tamikka! Tamikka is one of our newest volunteers at the CFDC. This summer she has been a huge help to our youth program coordinators with our dino day camps. Her energetic nature and enthusiasm for the museum is contagious! She’s always ready to do what needs to be done all while having a fun time. She may have only started this summer, but she has already made a huge impact on the museum and the people that work here. Thanks for all your hard work Tamikka!

August 13 - 19

Meet Hawkin! This energetic guy was so much fun to have on a dig tour this week. He had a chance to explore many different areas in one of our largest field sites. He got to collect surface finds, dig through the shale, and even experience the process of creating a field jacket! This was an awesome day for him as he got to see if becoming a palaeontologist is something he wants to do later in life. Thanks for coming!