Star Of The Week
JULY 8 - 12Meet 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 - 5Meet 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 - 28Meet 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 - 14Meet 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 2Meet 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 - 24Meet 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 - 17Meet 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.
AUGUST 13 - 17Meet 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 - 27Meet 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 - 20Meet 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 - 13Meet 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 - 7Meet 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!