Unexpected discovery by Peace Region Palaeontologists

The bird prints became apparent after the rock was examined under better lighting conditions in the laboratory of the PRPRC. Efforts are currently underway to prepare and describe them further with the intentions of displaying them in the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery.

The rock that contains the prints are estimated to have been laid down 140 million years ago near the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary which in turn makes the prints the oldest in the Peace Region and among the oldest in the world.

Other canyons in mountains west of Tumbler Ridge were explored for fossil potential in 2013. Aside from the bird tracks, other discoveries have also been made including a sauropod footprint that extended the range of the large dinosaur north by hundreds of kilometres. 

The discoveries add merit to the application to UNESCO for the creation of the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark.