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TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation is reporting a significant and exciting fossil recovery, as they close out their 2020 season.
According to the Museum Foundation, on Friday, October 9, a massive fossil recovery effort disrupted traffic along Highway 29 between Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd for several hours as four large blocks containing significant material were recovered, the largest weighing in at 17,000 pounds.
The other three samples will be kept under wraps for now as a collaboration of international experts work with local researcher and museum volunteer, Dr. Charles Helm, to interpret the findings.
“The results, I believe, will be globally significant and will be complemented by a recent spate of further discoveries within the Tumbler Ridge Geopark. It has been an incredible field season,” said Dr. Helm.
The recovery was months in the making requiring significant coordination and support from LaPrairie Crane, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Argo Road Maintenance, SL Enterprises Ltd., Heritage Branch, the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark, and Tumbler Ridge Museum staff and volunteers.
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