Morden, MB. August 23, 2018// You are cordially invited to the public presentation of the City of Morden’s newest monument/roadside attraction – a phenomenal 4.5 meter (15 foot) long predatory Xiphactinus (pronounced Zy-fak-tin-us) on August 24 at 11 am at Milne Park in Morden (corner of Stephen Street and North Railway) in Morden, Manitoba.
The Xiphactinus was an ancient ferocious long-toothed monster of a fish that patrolled the waters of the Western Interior Seaway where Morden is now situated approximately 80 million years ago alongside Mosasaurs and Plesiosaurs.
This monument is Morden’s third roadside attraction in as many years and continues to build on the tourism momentum generated by the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre and its unique partnership with the city that has led to three outstanding works of art representing the city, the province and the country’s deep history and heritage. This represents the second monument created for the city by local paleo-artist Adolfo Cuetara’s Dinokinetics. Mr. Cuetara and his family emigrated from Spain to Morden three years ago and he has proven himself to be an invaluable new member of the community.
“This new monument is a testament to the incredible and rich heritage represented in Manitoba and here in Morden further cementing us as a globally unique destination,” said Peter Cantelon, executive director of the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre.
There will be brief VIP presentations including one from local MLA and Minister of Helath, Seniors and Active Living the Hon. Cameron Friesen.
LIVE AMPHIBIAN EXHIBIT – The CFDC will also be unveiling a new LIVE amphibian exhibit featuring three Axolotls on the same day at 2 p.m. in the museum.
Sometimes called “living dinosaurs” Axolotls are an endangered species which are VERY rare in the wild. Related to Tiger Salamanders (which we have in Manitoba) the Axolotl is unique for all kinds of reasons. Atl means “water” and xolotl means “dog,” after the Xolotl, the canine Aztec deity so you could say it’s name means Water Dog. The filaments attached to the long gills increase surface area for gas exchange helping them breathe. Axolotls are an example of neoteny – they grow bigger but they never mature. Unlike tadpoles axolotls keep their gills and stay in the water, even though they grow lungs. On top of being able to regenerate limbs, the animal can also rebuild their jaws, spines, and even brains and hearts without any scarring – this makes them unique in the animal kingdom and a subject for medical research. Thanks to researcher Susan J. Crawford-Young for providing our awesome Axolotl friends!
“This is the first live exhibit at the CFDC and we are very excited,” said Program Coordinator Yevgeniya Tatarenko. “As caretakers of these creatures we are working to better understand and protect these rare and endangered treasures.”
For more information please contact Victoria Markstrom at 204-822-3406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.