New exhibit is called the Museums Choice Fossil Favorites from across Canada Exhibit, a collaborative project with the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada.
Jeanie Dendys, Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture launched a new exhibit this afternoon at the Beringia Centre.
The Museums Choice Fossil Favorites from across Canada exhibit is a collaborative project with the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. Minister Dendys said it’s an excellent opportunity to Showcase Yukon history.
"This travelling exhibit was developed as part of Canada 150 celebrations. It has been travelling all across Canada since September 2017. I’m told that it may be going to BC next. So, it represents a collection with 11 other museums including the Beringia Centre and showcases notable specimens from each of the respective institutions. Yukon’s contribution is the toe bone from an ancient camel found at Hunker Creek.” Jeanie Dendys, Minister of tourism and Culture
Dr Grant Zuzula is Yukon’s Paleontologist. He says Yukon has fossil evidence of some of the earliest life forms on the planet.
“But with this exhibition it really gives us the opportunity to look at the history of life in environments across Canada, but through the whole geological time scale. So we have fossil evidence here on display of some of the earliest life forms on earth that have been found in Canada. Over two and a half billion years of earth history and life history, which I think is hard for me to comprehend and like I said, I spend all my day thinking about the ancient past. But for the public to be able to see something that’s two and half billion years old and sort of ponder their relation to it, I think is pretty powerful.” Dr. Grant Zuzula, Yukon Palaeontologist.
Dr. Zuzula said the fossilized evidence is critical for helping us understand how life developed over time and eventually evolved into human beings.
“We see evidence of things like eyes and grasping appendages. These are all things that were required for eventual development of mammals and humans and one of the cool things that happened in the Cambrian explosion during this time 500 million years ago is that we see the differentiation between predators and prey.” Dr. Grant Zuzula, Yukon Palaeontologist.
The Beringia Centre is open daily from 9:00am to 6:00pm